VATICAN CITY (Zenit): The purpose of life does not consist in making money but in love and in truth, Pope Benedict explained during his Palm Sunday homily.
Addressing around 50,000 young people, the Pope advised them “to not be satisfied with what everyone thinks, says and does. Be attentive to God, seek God”.
The youth were celebrating World Youth Day at the diocesan level.
The Holy Father began Holy Week with a procession of palms in St Peter’s Square adorned with olive tree branches from the region of Puglia in Italy.
This procession, the pontiff explained, “is above all a joyous testimony that we give to Christ, in whom the face of God is made visible to us and thanks to whom the heart of God is open to all of us”.
“What does ‘the following of Christ’ mean concretely?” Pope Benedict asked in his homily.
“It has to do with an interior change of life,” he answered.
“It demands that I no longer be closed in considering my self-realisation as the principal purpose of my life.”