Let the nostalgia and pessimism and lead to meeting our thirst. (Te Deum 25/05/1999


That same day, two of the disciples were going to a small village called Emmaus, located about ten miles from Jerusalem. On the way they talked about what had happened. While talking and discussing, Jesus himself came up and walked with them. But something prevented her eyes from recognizing him.

He told them: “What commented on the way?”. They stood still, looking sad, and one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know what happened in these days”. “What?” Asked. They said, “What about Jesus, the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and our leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him. We hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yet all this already the third day since these things happened.’s true that some women who are with us are puzzled: they were at the tomb early in the morning and did not find the body of Jesus , came back saying that they had seen a vision of angels, assuring them that he is alive. Some of us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said. But he did not see it. ”

Jesus said “hard men of understanding, how they can not believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not the Christ have to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. When they came near the village where they were going, Jesus acted as if to go. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, because it’s late and the day is over.” He came and stayed with them. And at table, he took bread, said the blessing, then broke it and gave it. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he had disappeared from sight. And they said: “Do not burn anything our heart, while he talked on the road and explained the Scriptures?”.

At the same moment, got up and returned to Jerusalem. There they found gathered together the eleven and others who were with them, and they were told: “It is true, the Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon!”. They, in turn, told what had happened on the road and how they had recognized him in the breaking of bread.

Gospel of Luke (Cap.24, vers.13-35)


A celebration of the emerging new consciousness beginning of patriotic Argentines May that we gather to give thanks for the gifts of God the Father, gifts for our parents knew – hard and laboriously – live, fight and die. Thanx far from sterile nostalgia or unconscionable Formal remember, and let this same Father God shakes us in this end of the millennium and we invite you to find a new horizon. Give thanks that still resonates in this Cathedral (also ‘solar May’) that invitation of the Holy Father on his visit to our country, “Argentina, Arise!”, To which every inhabitant of this land are invited, beyond origin, and with the sole condition of having a willingness to seek the good of the people. That Argentina, Arise! “Invitation today we hear again, was a diagnosis and a hope. Arise is a sign of resurrection, is called to revitalize the fabric of our society. The Church in Argentina knows this is an order new evangelization of their own inner life but – at the same time – extends to the whole society.

In the Gospel passage we have just heard is a teaching of the Lord that we can give light to be faithful to our mission of parents, leaders, pastors … to be faithful to our ‘peoplehood’. A pedagogy of nearness and accompaniment. The story refers to the two disciples of Emmaus and shows her walking that rather than walk, was fleeing. Indeed escape the joy of the Resurrection, mumble his bitterness and disappointment, and can not see the new life that the Lord has come to offer. Going to the papal sentence mentioned could say that had not risen from his slumber inside and – therefore – were unable to see the gift of life and marching beside him waiting to be found.

The Argentines marched in our history created accompanied by the gift of wealth from our lands and by the Spirit of Christ reflected in the mystical and the efforts of so many who lived and worked in the home, in the silent testimony of those who give of their talent, their ethics, their creativity, their lives. This includes people deeply what it means to love the land and the memory of his deepest convictions! In his most intimate religiosity in the always spontaneous solidarity in their struggles and social initiatives, creativity and ability to enjoy festive and artistic, reflected the Gift of Life Risen. Because we are a people capable of feeling our identity beyond the circumstances and adversity, we are a people capable of recognizing ourselves in our various faces. So much talent has not always been accompanied by projects with continuity over time, nor always evoked the collective consciousness. And therefore, as the disciples elusive, we can find monopolized by some bitterness in our march, weary problems are showing no urgency for a future that never seems to come.


Fatigue and disillusionment not let you see the main danger. The current process of globalization seems aggressively baring our contradictions: an increase of economic power and the language that supports you, that – in interest and excessive use – has captured large areas of national life, while – in return – most of our men and women see the danger of losing their self-esteem in practice, its deepest sense, their humanity and their access to a better life. John Paul II, in his Apostolic Exhortation “Ecclesia in America” ​​refers to the negative aspect of this globalization, saying: “… if globalization is ruled merely by the laws of the market applied to suit the powerful, the negative consequences: attribution … an absolute value to the economy, unemployment, the decline and deterioration of public services, the destruction of the environment and nature, increasing the gap between rich and poor and the unfair competition which puts poor nations in a situation of ever increasing inferiority … ” (No. 20). Besides these problems internationally and we also encounter an inability to address real problems. Then, fatigue and disappointment seem to be opposed only lukewarm proposals that only eticismos protest or express principles and emphasize the primacy of formal reality. Or worse, a growing distrust and loss of interest in everything you own common commitment to ending the ‘just want to live the moment’ in the urgency of consumerism. We can not afford to be naive: the shadow of a cloud of social dismemberment looms on the horizon as various interests play their game, oblivious to the needs of all. The emptiness and anomie may emerge as dark consequences of an abandonment of ourselves and undermine our continuity. We will remain? Argentines, like the disciples of Emmaus, prisoners of bitter amazement, murmuring plaintively? Or will we be able to leave us shaken by the call of the disciples Risen desolate, and react, to recall the prophetic word, salvific memory of those moments, constructive in our history?


As in the Passion of Christ our history is full of dilemmas, tensions and conflicts. However, these people of faith knew his fate shoulder load every time in solidarity and work forged a friendship racial policy and social cohabitation our lifestyle brand. The Argentines knew ‘being part’ feel ‘part of’, we knew we approach and join us. From its ability to individual and collective creativity and momentum from spontaneous grassroots organization, our people have known changes founding moments of civil, political and social, cultural and scientific achievements that took us out of isolation and demonstrated our values. Moments that ultimately gave us a sense of identity beyond our complex ethnic and historical. Times when working deprived fraternal consciousness, sometimes poorly designed, but always felt and lived to heroism. So the call is to leave the sterile historicism manipulated by interests or mere ideologisms or destructive criticisms. The story is betting the higher truth, to remember what unites us and builds, achievements rather than failures. And looking at the pain and failure that our memory is to bet on peace and the right … and if we look at the fratricidal hatred and violence, that our memory guide us up predominantly of common interest. In recent years, late and cruelly, and we have shaken many dead silent voice from heaven cries asking not to repeat the mistakes. Only that will give meaning to their tragic fates. As the disciples fearful walkers and we are asked today realize that such cross loaded can not be in vain.

The call to the historical memory also asks us to deepen our deepest achievements, those who do not appear in the quick and superficial glance. There was another effort in recent times to assert the democratic system overcoming the political divisions that seemed almost insurmountable social hiatus: today seeks to respect the rules and accept the dialogue as a means of civic life. Let the nostalgia and pessimism and, like the disciples of Emmaus, lead to meeting our thirst, “Stay with us, because it’s late and the day is over.” The Gospel shows the way: sit at the table and let us call the profound gesture of Christ. The blessed bread is shared. The same is the result of the sacrifice and work, which is an image of eternal life, but it must be done now.


Indeed, brothers, not a mere invitation to share, not only reconcile opposites and adversity: sit from the Risen bread is encouraged to live differently. It challenges us that bread made with the best we can provide, with the yeast and was placed in many moments of pain, work and achievements. The Gospel call today asking us to rebuild the social and political link between the Argentines. Political society endures only if raised as a vocation to meet human needs in common. It is the place of the citizen. A citizen is feeling said, called for a good purpose with a sense … and attend the event. If we are committed to Argentina where they are all sitting at the table, where only a few benefit and the social fabric is destroyed, where the gaps are enlarged being that sacrifice is for all, then end up being a society confrontational way.

From the depths of our consciousness of caring people, this call to share the bread has its deep effervescence. In the rear of the shallowness and opportunism immediatist (flowers, without fruit) there is a people with a collective memory that retains walk with the nobility that characterizes it: the efforts and community projects, the growth of neighborhood initiatives, the rise so many self-help movements, are making a sign of the presence of God in a whirlwind of participation without particularisms rarely seen in our country. In the rear there is a united people, a people willing to get up again and again. A people who not only demand the need for survival, not only ignores inefficient bureaucracies, but wants to rebuild the social bond, a town that is being, almost without knowing it, the virtue of being partners in the pursuit of the common good. A people that wants to conjure vacuum poverty and hopelessness. A people with memory, memory that can not be reduced to a mere recording. Here is the greatness of our people. Argentine warn our people a strong sense of their dignity. It is a consciousness that has shaped in significant milestones. Our people have souls, and that we can speak of the soul of a people, we can speak of a hermeneutic, a way of seeing reality, of consciousness. Today, in the midst of conflict, these people taught us not to pay attention to those who seek to distill reality into ideas that do not serve us intellectuals untalented or ethicists without goodness, but we must appeal to depths of our dignity as a people, appeal to our wisdom, to appeal to our cultural reserves. It is a revolution, not against a system, but inside, a revolution and tenderness memory: memory of the great deeds founding, heroic … and memory of simple gestures that have sucked in family. Being true to our mission is to take care of this ’ember’ heart, take care of the ashes of oblivion cheats or presumption to believe that our country and our family have no history or have started with us. Embers of memory condenses as fire grilled, the values ​​that make us great: how to celebrate and defend life, to accept death, to care for the fragility of our poor brethren, to open hands severally liable to the pain and poverty, to celebrate and to pray, the illusion of working together – our common poverty – knead solidarity.

For this force in all of us and that is the bond and life is revealed, it is necessary for everyone, especially those who have a high share of political, economic or any influence, interest or give up those same abuses seek to go beyond the common good that unites us, it is necessary to assume, with austere mood and grandeur, the mission imposed on us.

Our people, who knows how to organize spontaneously and naturally in the national community protagonist of this new social link, asks a query, control and creative participation in all spheres of social life incumbent. Leaders must accompany this vitality of the new link. Strengthen it and protect it can become our main mission. Do not resign our ideas, utopias, property or rights, but only to give up the pretense that they are unique or absolute. Everyone is invited to this meeting, to make and share this new ferment – at once – is revivifying memory of our better history of sacrifice solidarity of freedom struggle and social integration.


May He historic, full of whims and interests involved, knew all the people gather at a common decision viceregal, initiating another story. Perhaps we need to feel that the country of all is a new council, a large communion table where, not nostalgia desolate but hopeful recognition, spur us to proclaim like the disciples of Emmaus, “Did not our hearts burning within us while spoke on the road and explained the Scriptures? ” Let our hearts burn with desire to live and grow in this home is the petition itself accompanying this thanksgiving to the Father and the commitment to fulfill His word; convincing us once again that the whole is greater than the part, superior time space, the reality is superior to the idea and the drive is over conflict.

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ
25 May 1999

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