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SAINT WISDOM: Benedict XVI ( Corpus Christi homily May 26, 2005)

Loving Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, you move hearts that are harder than rock, you melt spirits that are colder than ice, and you reach souls that are more impenetrable than diamonds

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Discouraged No More

Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal. (2 Cor 4: 16-18) Lord, how I long for you to take my heart and make it like yours, abandoned to the Father's will. When facing trial, persecution, and suffering, especially in the garden, knowing the suffering He willed for you (cf. Isaiah 53), in anguish, you asked to be freed from it. You know my weakness following you to Calvary, especially how often I become discouraged and despondent when I look at my sins in the failure of my marriage and the absence of our sons and daughters from the Eucharist, the Medicine of Immortality. As St John Paul II said, I quickly become discouraged by my weaknesses and failures. Help me to keep my eyes

What Is the Paschal Mystery and Sacred Triduum?

Let’s review what the Paschal Mystery is: It’s the Passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ. We proclaim it every time we say the Nicene Creed. There are three parts:

"For our sake, he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried,” (Passion and Death)

“and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” (Resurrection)

“He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.” (Ascension)

How important is the Paschal Mystery to the Church?

“The Church was born of the paschal mystery. For this very reason the Eucharist, which is in an outstanding way the sacrament of the paschal mystery, stands at the centre of the Church’s life,” wrote John Paul II in his 2003 Encyclical, Ecclesia de Eucharistia.

Sacred Triduum or Three Days

Most of the events of the Paschal Mystery are celebrated over three days, beginning with the Passover Meal on Holy Thursday, Christ’s suffering, death, and burial on Good Friday and Holy Saturday, and concluding with our Lord’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Isn’t that four days? If we think of days starting at midnight, we get Thursday to Sunday as four. But the events of Christ’s Passion, Passover meal to burial took place over 24 hours. Biblical scholar, Felix Just has a detailed description here. 

So the Mass of the Lord’s Supper begins the first 24 hours, with the crucifixion and burial on Good Friday, the closing events of the first 24 hours.

During the second 24 hours, we wait and pray as Jesus’ body lies in the tomb. That was the Sabbath, the Jewish day of rest. Then, as the Nicene Creed states: “…and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” That’s Sunday. There we have the Triduum, Latin for three days.

Even though we enter into three time-separated liturgical events of the Paschal Mystery, they comprise one glorious festival lasting three days: Holy Thursday (the Mass of the Lord’s Supper), Good Friday and Holy Saturday (Crucifixion and burial), concluding with Resurrection Sunday. Day three begins with Easter Vigil and ends with Resurrection Sunday’s evening prayer.

The Sacred Triduum is the heart and pulse of the Liturgical Year and the Easter Vigil is the most extraordinary celebration of the year where we experience the crowning point, the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

Jesus gave his Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity conceived in Mary’s womb by the Holy Spirit in atonement for our sins. Crushed on the cross, we have been healed and set free from the curse of sin.

The Importance of The Eucharist

This saving action began at the Passover meal on Holy Thursday where Jesus gave us His Body and Blood to eat and drink in the form of bread and wine, reaching its fulfillment on Calvary.

Continuing his teaching on the Eucharist, John Paul II, in Ecclesia de Eucharistia, wrote: "The Eucharistic Sacrifice makes present not only the mystery of the Saviour’s passion and death but also the mystery of the resurrection which crowned his sacrifice."

Just as the Paschal Mystery stands at the centre and pinnacle of the Liturgical Calendar, it moreover is the focal point of everyone’s life of prayer. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the sacramental re-presentation of Christ’s sacrifice and “the sacrament of the Paschal mystery” is, therefore, the surest way we can draw close to Christ.

ACTS 4:11-12

"This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among human beings by which we must be saved."