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'Seed of eternity is planted in us', says Pope

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Pope Francis said in his Wednesday General Audience in St. Peter's Square today that the faithful are "imprinted" with eternal life, and that even now those who are in union with Christ can experience at least some of the joys of our eternal existence through the graces of the sacraments. The Holy Father's reflections are part of an ongoing series of Wednesday reflections that he has been giving on the Nicene Creed. “Through Baptism, we are inserted into his death and resurrection and begin to experience new life,” the Pope reflected, “the seed of eternity is planted within us.”

“Dear brothers and sisters,today we look again at the affirmation: 'I believe in the resurrection of the body,'” the Pontiff opened, “the Gospel reveals to us that our faith in the resurrection is bound to the person of Jesus Christ, who himself said ‘I am the resurrection and the life.’”

"This is not easy to understand, because we are immersed in this world," Francis said, “the Gospel clarifies it to us: the fact that Jesus resurrected is the proof that the resurrection of the dead exists. the Risen Christ gives his disciples the Holy Spirit as a pledge of communion with God which has its fullness in eternity. The anticipation of eternal life is the source and reason for our hope. If this hope is cultivated, it illuminates our lives as persons and communities.”

“Like us in all things but sin, Christ gathers us to himself so that we may accompany him in his journey back to the Father,” the Pope said, "Jesus has taken us with him on his return to the Father in the glorious kingdom. The omnipotence and faithfulness of God do not end at the door of death… Christ is always with us, he comes every day and he will come at the end.”

Explaining the physical resurrection of the dead, the Holy Father explained that "Christ rose in his glorified body, and through Christ, our bodies will also be glorified and reunited with our souls at the resurrection. Living off of this faith, we will be less prisoners of the ephemeral, less prisoners of the transient...this transfiguration of our body is already being prepared.”

The Pontiff explained that our glorification is being prepared for us in this life “with the encounter of the Risen Christ, especially in the Eucharist, in which we nourish ourselves with his Body and Blood.” The Holy Father said that through our baptism, we have been "inserted" into Christ's death and resurrection, and already begin to experience new life. “The image of eternity is imprinted on us and calls us to respect the lives of all people, especially those who suffer. In this way, we can experience the closeness of the Reign of God, towards which we all journey together. We have a seed of the resurrection, a glimpse of eternity, which always makes all human life worthy of respect and love.”

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