Arcidiocesi di Seul
Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - "May the light of the Risen Lord shine upon you all. Let us pray for our brothers and sisters in North Korea: may the blessings on them be abundant. Let us pray for peace on the Korean Peninsula and peace in the world.
Let us pray that God gives wisdom to solve the issue of nuclear weapons in North Korea. May God guide us in the paths of peace": this is the wish expressed by Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, in his Easter message. The theme of the message sent to Agenzia Fides is taken from the Gospel of John: "Through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race" (Jn 1: 4).
"Jesus became the world's light that illuminates our sins and darkness.
The announcement of the Church is that Christ is the light of the world that no darkness can overcome" the text emphasizes. "After Resurrection, Jesus appeared to the disciples and sent them the message of peace", "he opened their closed hearts, gave them courage and showed them the way of life".
"Our society today is full of darkness. People live in fear, under the threat of war, terrorism and serious economic problems. We live in a time when there is an urgent need for peace. We faithful have received the light of the resurrection, we are called to bring the light of love and hope in the world".
The Cardinal also referred to the legislative elections for the National Assembly of Korea, which will take place ahead of time, recalling that "power is service" and that the vote will elect "those who will dedicate themselves to the future and well-being of our country".
"I pray that we all exercise our sacred right as citizens of Korea", he adds, that "urgently needs Christ's light".
The text finally touches on the theme of mercy, recalling the central expression of the Jubilee: "Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful", defining mercy as the result of an enlightened life and permeated by the grace of the Resurrection. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 23/03/2016)