Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger: Follow Jesus

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This, then, is the first challenge of Easter.

By Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, CERC

christmanWe are summoned to begin the journey inward and upward, toward the hidden, true reality, and we must find that it is reality.  We can only have faith in the Risen One if we have encountered him.  We can only encounter him by following him.  Only if both things are true of us can we bear witness to him and carry his light into this world.

One of the psalms of Israel, which the Church understands as a psalm of the Passion of Jesus Christ and which she long prayed at the beginning of every Mass, is this: “Give me justice, O God.”  It is the cry of a world in the midst of suffering.  Give me justice, O God!

And he has said Yes.  Christ is risen!  What was past and beyond recall has been recalled.  The power of transformation is available to us.  Let our lives be one whole movement toward it!  Let us seek the things that are above!



benedictCardinal Joseph Ratzinger. “Following Jesus.” from Seek That Which Is Above: Meditations through the Year (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1986).

Reprinted with permission from Ignatius Press.

The Author

Benedict73smBenedict72Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope Benedict XVI is the author of Jesus of Nazareth, Vol IIJesus of Nazareth, Vol ICaritas in Veritate: Charity in TruthSaved in Hope: Spe SalviGod Is Love: Deus Caritas Est,The End of Time?: The Provocation of Talking about GodTruth and Tolerance: Christian Belief and World ReligionsWithout Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, IslamSalt of the Earth: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church at the End of the MillenniumGod and the World: Believing and Living in Our TimeIn the Beginning: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the FallThe Spirit of the LiturgyThe Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church,Introduction to the Catechism of the Catholic ChurchIntroduction to ChristianityCalled to Communion: Understanding the Church TodayMilestones: Memoirs 1927-1977Behold the Pierced One, and God Is Near Us: The Eucharist, the Heart of Life.

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