VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Christians always have hope, no matter how bleak, bad or uncertain the journey, because they know God is always by their side, Pope Francis said.
In fact, “even crossing parts of the world (that are) wounded, where things are not going well, we are among those who, even there, continue to hope,” he said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square April 26.
Just a few days before his visit to Cairo April 28-29, the pope continued his series of talks on the nature of Christian hope, saying it is rooted in knowing God will always be present, even to the end of time.
The Gospel of St. Matthew, he said, begins with the birth of Jesus as Emmanuel — “God with us” — and ends with the risen Christ telling his doubtful disciples to go forth and teach all nations, assuring them that “I am with you always, until the end of the age.”
The apostle shows how “ours is not an absent God, sequestered in a faraway heaven. Instead he is a God ‘impassioned’ with mankind,” so tenderly in love that he is unable to stay away, the pope said.