The whole of Easter week is seen by the Church as a continuation of Easter Day, and many liturgical texts day by day are simply repeated. During Lent – in our course on Wednesday evenings when we looked at the Holy Father’s letter ‘Fratelli Tutti’ – and over the Triduum and Easter, through Youtube and other media, we have been guided by the teachings of Pope Francis. This extract from the letter was quoted by me in homilies on Easter Day:
‘Despite these dark clouds, which may not be ignored, I would like in the following pages to take up and discuss many new paths of hope. For God continues to sow abundant seeds of goodness in our human family. The recent pandemic enabled us to recognize and appreciate once more all those around us who, in the midst of fear, responded by putting their lives on the line. We began to realize that our lives are interwoven with and sustained by ordinary people valiantly shaping the decisive events of our shared history: doctors, nurses, pharmacists, storekeepers and supermarket workers, cleaning personnel, caretakers, transport workers, men and women working to provide essential services and public safety, volunteers, priests and religious… They understood that no one is saved alone’.
God bless and take care