March 16, 2022
Continuing his catechesis at the Wednesday General Audience on the meaning and value of old age, Pope Francis explores the vital role the elderly can play in handing on life’s true and sustaining values to younger generations.
Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday.
Continuing his catechetical series on the meaning and value of old age, he looked at the vital role of how the elderly can hand on to new generations life’s true and sustaining values.
The opening Scripture reading for the audience spoke about how God entrusts the elderly Noah with the task of restoring the goodness of creation, corrupted by the spread of violence and wickedness.
Conversion to God’s Kingdom
The Pope spoke about how Jesus Himself speaks of the “days of Noah” in warning us of the need for conversion in view of the imminent coming of God’s Kingdom – the definitive salvation and spiritual renewal for all humanity.
And he warned that, in every age as in the days of Noah, we can be tempted to accept sin and corruption as normal and overlook the unjust suffering of the poor and the destruction of our natural environment.
The Pope pointed out that in our own day, these are the fruits of a materialistic, self-centred and spiritually-empty throwaway culture.
And the elderly, like Noah, can warn us of this danger and remind us of our God-given call to be guardians and stewards of his creation.
Dawn of new Creation
In conclusion, Pope Francis invited people to allow that, “Noah’s example and prayers inspire our elderly to appreciate their special charism, and help to build a new ‘ark’ of welcome, care and hope, for the future of our world and the dawn of the new creation.”