‘No more violence!’ cries bishop after crime wave in Mexican border town 

However, Bishop Lira stressed, “Jesus, who leads us to the peace of God, is here. He is passionate about what happens to us. He draws near to us.”

The Lord, he continued, “consoles us through his Word, the Liturgy, the Eucharist, prayer and people, making us see that with Him life does not end.”

The bishop of Matamoros pointed out that “not everything ends on this earth. There is something else! Something infinitely great and wonderful: life forever happy with God. Life that Jesus has given us with the power of love; loving to the point of becoming one of us and giving his life.”

“Thanks to him, our deceased, who have reached the goal, the house of the Father, one day they will be clothed again with their skin and in the flesh they will see God. And we will be with them to be happy forever!”

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The bishop of Matamoros pointed out that “only love is capable of conquering sin, evil and death, and of making good and life triumph forever.”

“With Jesus, as a family and as a society, let us approach those who, seduced by crime and violence, are in the deadly coffin of sin, and let us restore them to a new life,” he exhorted the faithful.

“To all of them we say: Arise! No more violence! You can change. Although what’s been done is done, it’s always possible to improve and make restitution in some way for the harm that has been done,” he said.

The Mexican prelate asked the criminals to “allow Jesus to resurrect them and return them to the unity of his family. We are all his family, because we are all brothers, children of the same God!”

“It pains us to see them living yet dead by causing so much harm. But today they can turn our sadness into joy, and our sorrow into hope. Today they can make Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico and the world a better place for everyone,” he said.

“For you, for yours and for everyone, do it! Don’t remain in the darkness of death! Rise to life!” Bishop Lira urged.

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