“After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb” (Mt 28:1). We can picture them as they went on their way… They walked like people going to a cemetery, with uncertain and weary steps, like those who find it hard to believe that this is how it all ended. We can picture their faces, pale and tearful. And their question: can Love have truly died?

The resurrection is not offered to us as a moment of bliss far from the troubles of the earth, nor as an individual and expensively acquired reward, nor as a mirage released in the future of a cosmic explosion.  It is a gift, yes, but for right now and for here below.  

Eternal Father,
through the Passion of your beloved Son,
you wished to reveal to us your heart
and bestow upon us your mercy.

In Pope Francis’ message for Lent this year, there are two aspects that seem particularly important to for us today. The first is to see the other person as a gift and the second is that in order to properly experience the present, we must look at it with a view to eternity.

The call to convert is present in Jesus’ first exhortations, “Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mk 1:15) But it resounds even more strongly during the Lenten period.

God loved the world so much that he gave us Jesus. (Jn 3:16) Today he loves the world so much that he gives you and he gives me to be his love, his compassion, and that presence, that life of prayer, of sacrifice, of surrender to God…

Concerning “victory” understood in triumphalistic terms, Christ suggests to us a very different road that does not pass through dominance and power. Indeed, he says: “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all” (Mk 9:35).

… In becoming flesh, the Son of God was manifested as light. (…) He became one of us, giving infinite meaning and immortality to our earthly existence. Thus, with full respect for human freedom, Christ became "lux mundi - the light of the world". He is the light that shines in the darkness (cf. Jn 1,5).

The mystery of Incarnation reveals the immeasurable immensity of God’s love for each of us and for each person, whom He created in his image and resemblance and who is called to become his son, in the beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Queen of all saints, glorious Apostles and Evangelists, invincible Martyrs, generous Confessors, knowledgeable Doctors, illustrious Anchorites, devoted Monks and Priests, pure Virgins and pious women, I rejoice in the ineffable glory to which you have been raised in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, our divine Master.