In Chapter Six, Pope Francis delves into the theme, Young people with roots. For these and the next paragraphs, we look at one of the themes of Pentecost, dreams and visions from Joel and Acts. Let’s read about Dreams and visions:
192. The prophecy of Joel contains a verse that expresses this nicely: “I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (3:1; cf. Acts 2:17). When young and old alike are open to the Holy Spirit, they make a wonderful combination. The old dream dreams, and the young see visions. How do the two complement one another?
To be sure, Pope Francis is not talking about some hazy sense of prophecy as the world might understand it. My interpretation is the blending of experience and energy, of imagining what is possible. It’s certainly an aspect of the Incarnation: a long-awaited savior and a new way of human beings relating to one another.
193. The elderly have dreams built up of memories and images that bear the mark of their long experience. If young people sink roots in those dreams, they can peer into the future; they can have visions that broaden their horizons and show them new paths. But if the elderly do not dream, young people lose clear sight of the horizon.
So, the two aspects need each other. The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation is on this link at the Vatican site. Any comments?
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