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Pope Francis, at Chrism Mass, preaches on the joys of the Gospel

April 13, 2017

Pope Francis celebrated the Chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on Holy Thursday morning and preached on the joy of the Gospel.

“Good news,” he said. “A single word —Gospel —that, even as it is spoken, becomes truth, brimming with joy and mercy. We should never attempt to separate these three graces of the Gospel: its truth, which is non-negotiable; its mercy, which is unconditional and offered to all sinners; and its joy, which is personal and open to everyone.”

“The joys of the Gospel are special joys,” he continued. “I say ‘joys’ in the plural, for they are many and varied, depending on how the Spirit chooses to communicate them, in every age, to every person and in every culture.”

The Pope then offered “three images or icons of those new wineskins in which the good news is kept fresh, without turning sour but being poured out in abundance”:

  • “the stone water jars at the wedding feast of Cana”: the Virgin Mary’s “‘contagious fullness’ helps us overcome the temptation of fear, the temptation to keep ourselves from being filled to the brim, the temptation to a faint-heartedness that holds us back from going forth to fill others with joy”
  • “the jug with its wooden ladle that the Samaritan woman carried on her head in the midday sun”: “it speaks to us of something crucial: the importance of concrete situations”
  • “the fathomless vessel of the Lord’s pierced Heart: his utter meekness, humility and poverty which draw all people to himself. From him we have to learn that announcing a great joy to the poor can only be done in a respectful, humble, and even humbling, way.”

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  • Posted by: feedback - Apr. 13, 2017 10:05 AM ET USA

    It would make more sense to hear from the Pope support for Christians in the Middle East being martyred for their Faith by Islamic terrorists. Especially three days after bombing of churches during Easter liturgy. Instead, he appears to keep promoting Amoris Laetitia: "mercy, which is unconditional and offered to all sinners." Pope Francis definitely needs our prayers. And we will need to pray fervently and fast for the Cardinals before the next Conclave.