April 1, 2015
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For a “good Easter,” Christians must do more than simply recall the passion of Jesus during Holy Week; they must “enter into the mystery” of the Easter Triduum and make Jesus’ feelings and attitudes their own, Pope Francis said.
During his general audience April 1, he also recalled the “true martyrs” of today, men and women who “offer their lives with Jesus” for their Christian faith. Their witness, in imitation of Christ’s sacrifice, “reflects a ray of this perfect, full and pure love (of Christ),” he said. Theirs, he added, “is a service of Christian witness to the point of bloodshed. It is the service Christ did for us, he redeemed us.”
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.