Love and Truth Aren't Imposed on Us, Says Pope

"They Knock on the Door of the Heart"

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VATICAN CITY, NOV. 26, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Jesus is King, but his Kingdom of love and truth does not impose itself by force, says Benedict XVI.



Rather, love and truth "knock on the door of the heart and mind, and where they enter, bring peace and joy," the Pope said on the solemnity of Christ the King. The Holy Father explained this today when addressing thousands of people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the weekly meeting to recite the midday Angelus.

"What is the 'truth' which Christ came into the world to witness?" Benedict XVI asked as he spoke from the window of his study.

"His whole existence reveals that God is love," the Pope said. "This is, therefore, the truth of which he gave full testimony with the sacrifice of his own life on Calvary.

"The cross is the 'throne' from which he manifested the sublime royalty of God-Love. By giving himself in expiation of the sin of the world, he defeated the power of the 'prince of this world' and established definitively the Kingdom of God. A Kingdom that is manifested in fullness at the end of time, after all his enemies and finally death are subjected to him."

"Then the Son will hand over the Kingdom to the Father and finally God will be 'all in all,'" the Pontiff noted, quoting from 1 Corinthians 15:28.

"The road to achieve this goal is long and it is not possible to take short cuts," the Holy Father continued. "It is necessary that each person freely accept the truth of the love of God. He is Love and Truth, and love as well as truth never impose themselves: They knock on the door of the heart and mind and, where they enter, bring peace and joy.

"This is the way God reigns; this is his plan of salvation, a 'mystery,' in the biblical sense of the term, namely, a plan that is revealed little by little in history."

Benedict XVI ended his meditation with the hope that "God might reign in all hearts and his plan of justice and peace be fulfilled."