Benedict XVI: Christ Is Our Rock

Reflects on the Foundation of Hope

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 29, 2009 ( The foundation of hope is Christ, who offers mankind the stability of God, says Benedict XVI.

And, as the Pope affirmed today before praying the Angelus at midday with pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, above all else, the world today needs hope.

«It is needed by developing peoples, but also by those economically developed,» he noted. «We increasingly see that we are in the same boat and that we must all be saved together.

«Above all, seeing so many false securities crumble, we realize that we need a trustworthy hope, and this is found only in Christ, who, as the Letter to the Hebrews says, ‘is the same yesterday, today and always.'»

The Pontiff explained that Christ «came in the past, he comes in the present and will come in the future. He embraces all the dimensions of time, because he died and rose, he is ‘the Living One’ and, sharing our human precariousness, remains forever and offers us God’s very stability.»

«He is ‘flesh’ like us, and is ‘rock’ like God,» the Holy Father added.

«Whoever desires liberty, justice and peace may now lift himself up, and raise his head, because in Christ liberation is close,» Benedict XVI exhorted. «We can affirm that Jesus Christ does not only look at Christians, or only at believers, but at all men, because he, who is the center of faith, is also the foundation of hope.

«He is the hope that every human being constantly needs.»
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