Pope Francis On What Makes a ‘Good Easter’

Earlier today in his weekly general audience Pope Francis reflected on the coming days of the Triduum, and the opportunity for Christians to enter into the mystery themselves, moving beyond simply recalling the events of Christ’s Passion.

Catholic News Service reports:

The pope began his catechesis, dedicated to the celebration of Holy Week and Easter, by saying that the death and resurrection of Christ are “the culmination” of the entire liturgical year and of the Christian life.

The pope offered reflections for each day of the Triduum, beginning with Holy Thursday. With the “prophetic gesture” of washing the apostles’ feet, Jesus expressed “the meaning of his life and passion — service to God and brother,” the pope said.

At baptism, “the grace of God washed us of our sin and we took on Christ,” he said. Every time Catholics receive the Eucharist, “they are united with the Servant Christ in obedience to his commandment to love as he loved,” he said.


The pope said the great mystery of Easter is that “the stone of pain is rolled back, leaving room for hope.”

“As Christians, we are called to be sentinels of the morning, who know how to see the signs of the Risen one,” like the disciples at the tomb on Easter morning, he said.

Read the entire report from Rome here.


Pope Francis delivers a blessing during his general audience. [CNS photo]

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