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WYD / GMG 2000 Roma - Pope John Paul II's homily at the final Mass

Last edited 17th January 2011

WYD / GMG 2000 Roma - Pope John Paul II's homily at the final Mass

"'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life' (Jn 6:68).

Dear young people of the 15th World Youth Day! These words of Peter, in his conversation with Christ at the end of the discourse on the 'bread of life', affect us personally.....Around you, you hear all kinds of words. But only Christ speaks words that stand the test of time and remain for all eternity. The time of life that you are living calls for decisive choices on your part: decisions about the direction of your studies, about work, about your role in society and in the Church. It is important to realize that among the many questions surfacing in your minds, the decisive ones are not about “what”. The basic question is “who”: “who” am I to go to, “who” am I to follow, “to whom” should I entrust my life?


You are thinking about love and the choices it entails, and I imagine that you agree: what is really important in life is the choice of the person who will share it with you. But be careful! Every human person has inevitable limits: even in the most successful of marriages there is always a certain amount of disappointment. So then, dear friends, does not this confirm what we heard the Apostle Peter say? Every human being finds himself sooner or later saying what he said: “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life”. Only Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and of Mary, the eternal Word of the Father born two thousand years ago at Bethlehem in Judaea, is capable of satisfying the deepest aspirations of the human heart...."


The final Mass was on Sunday, 20th August 2000, at Tor Vergata.  If you were in Rome with JPII, please join Xt3's WYD / GMG 2000 group & share your memories!

The link below is for the English translation.  You can also read Pope John Paul's homily in French, German, ItalianPortuguese & Spanish."


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