Vatican City ( AsiaNews) - The
joy of the Resurrection , to the amazement of the disciples and the women who bring
the announcement "is impressed on our hearts, transpiring in our lives.
This is not a masquerade! It comes from within, from a heart immersed in
the source of this joy, like that of Mary Magdalene, who wept for the loss of
her Lord and could not believe her eyes on seeing he had Risen". This was Pope Francis' message this morning
in his first Regina Caeli of the liturgical season.
Speaking to a packed St. Peter's
Square, the Pope said: "Dear brothers and sisters, good morning. Happy
anèsti! - Alethòs anèsti!', 'Christ
is risen! - He is truly risen. 'He is among us,
here in this square, this week we can continue to exchange the paschal greeting,
as if it were a one single day. It is
the great day that the Lord has made. The dominant sentiment that shines through
in the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection is full joy of
wonder; a truly great wonder, a joy that comes from within. And in the Liturgy
we relive the disciples' emotions on hearing the news that the women had
brought: Jesus is risen! We have seen him".
Soon after, Francis adds: "May
this experience imprinted in the Gospel, become imprinted in our hearts and
shines through in our lives. Let the joyous wonder of Easter Sunday radiate our
thoughts, looks, attitudes, gestures and
in the words ... If only we could be so bright ... But this is not a masquerade!
It comes from within, from a heart immersed in the source of this joy, like
that of Mary Magdalene, who wept for the loss of her Lord and could
not believe her eyes on seeing that he had Risen!".
Those who have this experience,
he explained, "become witnesses of the Resurrection, because in a sense, he
himself is risen, she herself is risen. Thus they are able to bring a "ray"
of light of the Risen Lord to different situations: to happy ones, making them even
more beautiful and preserving them from selfishness; to painful ones, bringing
serenity and hope. During this week, we would do well to take the book of the
Gospel and read those chapters that speak of the resurrection of Jesus it would
do us a lot of good: take the Book , search for those chapters
and read them".
It would also do us good to think
of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, of her joy: "Just as her pain was intimate enough
to pierce her soul, her joy was so deep and intimate that it drew the disciples.
She passed through the experience of the death and resurrection of her Son, seen
through the eyes of faith, as the supreme expression of God's love, the heart
of Mary has become a source of peace, comfort, hope, mercy".
All the prerogatives of our
Mother, he concludes, "come from here, from her participation in the
Easter of Jesus. From Friday to Sunday morning, she did not loose hope: we
contemplated Sorrowful Mother but at the same time, Mother full of
hope. She is the Mother of all the disciples, Mother of the Church and Mother
of hope. We ask her, the silent witness of the death and resurrection of Jesus,
to lead us in the joy of Easter. We'll do it now with the recitation of the
Regina Caeli that
during the Easter season replaces the Angelus prayer".
Immediately after the recitation
of the Regina Caeli, greeted by thunderous applause, the Pope said: "I
extend a cordial greeting to all of you, dear pilgrims who came from Italy and
from various countries to take part in this prayer. Remember, this week, to
take the Gospel, look for the chapters about the Resurrection and read every
day a one of those chapters. It would do us good this week. I wish each one of
you a joyful and serene Easter Monday, which prolongs the joy of the
Resurrection of Christ. A happy and Holy Easter to everyone, Buon pranzo and goodbye".