Promised Land and keep hope alive”.
In these
situations we are called to be living sources of
water from which others can drink. At times,
this becomes a heavy cross, but it was from the
cross, from his pierced side, that our Lord gave
himself to us as a source of living water. Let us
not allow ourselves to be robbed of hope!
Yes to the new relationships brought by Christ
87. Today, when the networks and means of
human communication have made unprecedent-
ed advances, we sense the challenge of finding
and sharing a “mystique” of living together, of
mingling and encounter, of embracing and sup-
porting one another, of stepping into this flood
tide which, while chaotic, can become a genuine
experience of fraternity, a caravan of solidarity, a
sacred pilgrimage. Greater possibilities for com-
munication thus turn into greater possibilities
for encounter and solidarity for everyone. If we
were able to take this route, it would be so good,
so soothing, so liberating and hope-filled! To go
out of ourselves and to join others is healthy for
us. To be self-enclosed is to taste the bitter poi-
son of immanence, and humanity will be worse
for every selfish choice we make.
88. The Christian ideal will always be a sum-
mons to overcome suspicion, habitual mistrust,
XVI, Homily at Mass for the Opening of the
Year of Faith (11 October 2012): AAS 104 (2012), 881.
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