Skip to content

Pope Francis Easter Vigil Homily: Where is My Galilee? Encountering Jesus

By Pope Francis
4/21/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

In the life of every Christian, after baptism there is also a more existential -Galilee: the experience of a personal encounter with Jesus Christ who called me to follow him and to share in his mission.

Galilee is the place where they were first called, where everything began! To return there, to return to the place where they were originally called. Jesus had walked along the shores of the lake as the fishermen were casting their nets. He had called them, and they left everything and followed him (cf. Mt 4:18-22). To return to Galilee means to re-read everything on the basis of the cross and its victory. To re-read everything - Jesus' preaching, his miracles, the new community, the excitement and the defections, even the betrayal - to re-read everything starting from the end, which is a new beginning, from this supreme act of love. For each of us, too, there is a "Galilee" at the origin of our journey with Jesus. "To go to Galilee" means something beautiful, it means rediscovering our baptism as a living fountainhead, drawing new energy from the sources of our faith and our Christian experience.

Pope Francis: To return to Galilee means above all to return to that blazing light with which God's grace touched me at the start of the journey. From that flame I can light a fire for today and every day, and bring heat and light to my brothers and sisters. That flame ignites a humble joy, a joy which sorrow and distress cannot dismay, a good, gentle joy.

Pope Francis: To return to Galilee means above all to return to that blazing light with which God's grace touched me at the start of the journey. From that flame I can light a fire for today and every day, and bring heat and light to my brothers and sisters. That flame ignites a humble joy, a joy which sorrow and distress cannot dismay, a good, gentle joy.

VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honor the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty.

A mighty angel says to them: "Do not be afraid!" (Mt 28:5) and orders them to go and tell the disciples: "He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee" (v. 7). The women quickly depart and on the way Jesus himself meets them and says: "Do not fear; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me" (v. 10).

After the death of the Master, the disciples had scattered; their faith had been utterly shaken, everything seemed over, all their certainties had crumbled and their hopes had died. But now that message of the women, incredible as it was, came to them like a ray of light in the darkness.

The news spread: Jesus is risen as he said. And then there was his command to go to Galilee; the women had heard it twice, first from the angel and then from Jesus himself: "Let them go to Galilee; there they will see me".

Galilee is the place where they were first called, where everything began! To return there, to return to the place where they were originally called. Jesus had walked along the shores of the lake as the fishermen were casting their nets. He had called them, and they left everything and followed him (cf. Mt 4:18-22).

To return to Galilee means to re-read everything on the basis of the cross and its victory. To re-read everything - Jesus' preaching, his miracles, the new community, the excitement and the defections, even the betrayal - to re-read everything starting from the end, which is a new beginning, from this supreme act of love.

For each of us, too, there is a "Galilee" at the origin of our journey with Jesus. "To go to Galilee" means something beautiful, it means rediscovering our baptism as a living fountainhead, drawing new energy from the sources of our faith and our Christian experience.

To return to Galilee means above all to return to that blazing light with which God's grace touched me at the start of the journey. From that flame I can light a fire for today and every day, and bring heat and light to my brothers and sisters. That flame ignites a humble joy, a joy which sorrow and distress cannot dismay, a good, gentle joy.

In the life of every Christian, after baptism there is also a more existential "Galilee": the experience of a personal encounter with Jesus Christ who called me to follow him and to share in his mission. In this sense, returning to Galilee means treasuring in my heart the living memory of that call, when Jesus passed my way, gazed at me with mercy and asked me to follow him. It means reviving the memory of that moment when his eyes met mine, the moment when he made me realize that he loved me.

Today, tonight, each of us can ask: What is my Galilee? Where is my Galilee? Do I remember it? Have I forgotten it? Have I gone off on roads and paths which made me forget it? Lord, help me: tell me what my Galilee is; for you know that I want to return there to encounter you and to let myself be embraced by your mercy.

The Gospel of Easter is very clear: we need to go back there, to see Jesus risen, and to become witnesses of his resurrection. This is not to go back in time; it is not a kind of nostalgia. It is returning to our first love, in order to receive the fire which Jesus has kindled in the world and to bring that fire to all people, to the very ends of the earth.

"Galilee of the Gentiles" (Mt 4:15; Is 8:23)! Horizon of the Risen Lord, horizon of the Church; intense desire of encounter.... Let us be on our way!

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for MARCH 2017
Support for Persecuted Christians.
That persecuted Christians may be supported by the prayers and material help of the whole Church.


Comments


More Europe

Westminster Terror Attack, here's what we know Watch

Image of A women comforts a victim who survived the attack with injuries. Several people have serious injuries.

"Our values will prevail," Theresa May told the British people in a speech on Tuesday. The nation continues to recover from the shock of a ... continue reading


TERROR ATTACK IN LONDON (UPDATED) Watch

Image of Parliament was placed on lockdown following a terror attack.

A terrorist attack has occurred outside Parliament in London. LOS ANGELES ,CA (Catholic Online) - A terrorist attack has occurred outside ... continue reading


'Took my Goddaughter to meet the pope. She stole his hat' - Hilarious footage captures the moment a little girls steals Pope Francis' skullcap Watch

Image of Estella removed Pope Francis' skullcap when the Pontiff leaned in for a kiss.

Three-year-old Estella Westrick and her family went to greet Pope Francis following his general audience in St. Peter's Square on ... continue reading


Modern-day successor to St. Patrick reminds us the hero saint was himself an immigrant Watch

Image of Archbishop Eamon Martin reminds us, Patrick was an immigrant.

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the modern-day successor of St. Patrick himself at the head of the see of Armagh, reminded people that St. Patrick ... continue reading


See the secret underground cave where the Knights Templar met and prayed - PHOTOS Watch

Image of The Knights Templar were a religious military order who not only fought, but also built fortresses and pioneered banking.

Photographs have emerged of a secret cavern used by the followers of the Knights Templar seven centuries ago. The caves were used as a ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.