16 Pope: May collaboration in Korea bear 'good fruit' for the whole world

posted May 2, 2018, 11:35 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 2, 2018, 11:35 PM ]
The Pope "accompanies" with prayer "the positive outcome of the Inter-Korean Summit" and calls for collaboration in Korea to bring "positive fruits" for the whole world. Pope Francis once again brought attention to the Korean events at the end of the Regina Cœli prayer, before which he stressed the relationship between "remaining" with Jesus and commitment to others.

"The Word of God," he told the 30,000 people present in Saint Peter's Square on April 29, "continues to show us the way and the conditions to be a community of the Risen Lord. Last Sunday, the relationship between the believer and Jesus, the Good Shepherd was highlighted. Today, the Gospel offers us the moment in which Jesus presents Himself as the true vine, and invites us to remain united to Him to bear much fruit (cf. Jn 15: 1-8). The vine is a plant that forms one with the branches; and the branches are fruitful only if they are united to the vine. This relationship is the secret of the Christian life, and the evangelist John expresses it with the verb 'remain', which in the passage today is repeated seven times."

"To remain in the Lord to find the courage to move outside of ourselves, outside of our comfort zones, from our restricted and protected spaces, to move into the open sea of the needs of others and give our Christian witness to the world. This courage to come out of oneself comes from faith in the Risen Lord, and from the certainty that His Spirit accompanies our history. In fact, one of the most mature fruits that springs from communion with Christ is the commitment of charity towards one's neighbour, loving the brothers with self-denial, to the last consequences, as Jesus loved us. The dynamism of the believer's charity is not the result of strategies, it is not born of external solicitations, of social or ideological requests, but of our encounter with Jesus and of remaining in Jesus. For us, it is the vine from which we absorb the sap, that is the 'life' to bring to society a different way of living and spending, which puts the latter first."