Pope reflects on the Triduum and mercy
March 23, 2016
Pope Francis devoted his March 23 general audience to the theme of mercy and the Triduum.
“As we prepare to celebrate the Paschal Triduum in this Holy Year of Mercy, we are invited in a special way to contemplate the revelation of God’s infinite mercy in the events of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection,” Pope Francis told the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square, according to the official English-language synthesis of his remarks.
“Tomorrow, Holy Thursday, Jesus gives himself to us as food and, in the washing of feet, teaches us the need to serve others,” the Pope continued. “On Good Friday, in the mystery of Christ’s death on the cross, we contemplate that undying divine love which embraces all mankind and summons us in turn to love one another in the power of the Spirit.”
The Pope added:
Holy Saturday, the day of God’s silence, invites us not only to solidarity with all who are abandoned and alone, but also to trust in that faithful love which turns death into life.
These, then, are days which speak to us powerfully of God’s love and mercy. In one of her visions, Julian of Norwich hears the Lord say that he rejoices eternally because he was able to suffer for our sake out of love. Let us prepare then to celebrate the coming days with gratitude for this great mystery of God’s mercy, poured out for us on the cross of our salvation.
- Pope Francis General Audience 2016.03.23 (YouTube Vatican)
- Pope Francis: Easter Triduum speaks of God’s love and mercy (Vatican Radio)
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