Entering Into Easter

by Pope Francis

We cannot live Easter without entering into the mystery. It is not something intellectual, something we only know or read about. It is more, much more.

To enter into the mystery means the ability to wonder, to contemplate; the ability to listen to the silence and to hear the tiny whisper amid the great silence by which God speaks to us (cf. 1 Kings 19:12).

To enter into the mystery demands that we not be afraid of reality: that we not be locked into ourselves, that we not flee from what we fail to understand, that we not close our eyes to problems or deny them, that we not dismiss our questions.

To enter into the mystery means going beyond our own comfort zone, beyond the laziness and indifference which hold us back, and going out in search of truth, beauty, and love. It is seeking a deeper meaning, an answer, and not an easy one, to the questions which challenge our faith, our fidelity, and our very existence.

To enter into the mystery, we need humility: the lowliness to abase ourselves, to come down from the pedestal of our “I,” which is so proud; the humility not to take ourselves so seriously; the humility to recognize who we really are: creatures with strengths and weaknesses, sinners in need of forgiveness.

To enter into the mystery, we need the lowliness that is powerlessness, the renunciation of our idols—in a word, we need to adore. Without adoration, we cannot enter into the mystery.

The women who were Jesus’ disciples teach us all of this. They kept watch that night, together with Mary. And she, the Virgin Mother, helped them not to lose faith and hope.

As a result, they did not remain prisoners of fear and sadness, but at the first light of dawn they went out carrying their ointments, their hearts anointed with love.

They went forth and found the tomb open. And they went in. They had kept watch, they went forth, and they entered into the mystery.

May we learn from them to keep watch with God and with Mary our Mother so that we too may enter into the mystery which leads from death to life.

Excerpted from the pope’s homily at the Easter Vigil in the Vatican Basilica, April 4, 2015