‘Every day, every month, every year of his pontificate, Pope John Paul II has been reminding the Church and the world that Easter tells us something vital about God and ourselves. The death and Resurrection of Jesus show us that God is love, and that humankind cannot live meaningfully without God, because it cannot live without love.
“Now that is the truth about God. That is what brings us hope. But the act of redemption of Jesus also tells us about the greatness, the dignity and the value of every human person. We are worth it! That is the Good News that Jesus came to bring: forgiveness for broken hearts, freedom for those who are in captivity of any kind, and recognition for those who are voiceless and sidelined.
“Now he is frail and bedbound, the Pope must often remember one of his favourite phrases from St Augustine: ‘You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.’ Here is the proposal that the Church has made to the word: that the restlessness of modern hearts, the hungers that burden people’s souls, and the fear that haunts our modern world, can only be dispelled if women and men share in the Kingdom preached and personified in Jesus Christ, if they grasp the truth that was proclaimed by Him, namely, that God so loved the world that He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in Him may not be lost but may have eternal life. This is the redemption brought about by Jesus Christ – a redemption that could only be made possible by God’s total self-donation. He made himself the least of us, so that the least of us could be redeemed.
“No wonder we give thanks to God. No wonder we praise and glorify Him. No wonder we shout: ‘Alleluia! He is risen!’ ”