On Mount Calvary, in front of the Cross, it is better not to talk or to cry out but only to contemplate. Let us contemplate the Cross as a synthesis of all those who give their lives for love. Let us also contemplate this Holy Year which has ended, by starting from the Cross; let us contemplate it, not by referring to numbers, or to major events but only to the Mystery of the Cross. I would also like to say let us contemplate the Evangelii Gaudium, Laudato Sì, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’s three great documents as well, starting here, from a Pope who just like Jesus wishes to give his life for the human family he so loves and who tells the Church “You must do this too” as he tells each and everyone of us. We have received with joy Pope Francis’s Apostolic Letter “Misericordia et Misera” in order to listen to the final words of the Bishop of Rome on the Holy Year of Mercy.
Meanwhile let us contemplate the Cross. ”Ecce Homo”. Whoever sees this man on the cross sees God, our faith tells us. It is Jesus on the Cross not Caifa . This point is very important. We have to be careful of the Politics which wants to defend religion. How often do we hear that such and such a politician or party defends Catholic values? We must be careful because there is the risk of turning God’s house into a market or a cavern of thieves; indeed, it is not a risk but almost a certainty. We must rather ask Politics, the kingdoms of this world that is, with force to defend the dignity and freedom of men and women, of all men and women and especially, today, migrants and all minorities. Let us therefore ask Trump and Putin and other world leaders, to make peace but real peace. Not only do we have to fear when the Mighty make war but also when they make peace. Jesus was nailed to the Cross when Pilate and Herod made peace over Him, on His suffering.
Let us pray for a peace which will never again be shouldered by the poor. For example, a peace made when brandishing arms is not true peace. Nor can peace between people who in private are immoral or amoral be called peace.
Let us pray then to Jesus with his two biblical titles. Let us pray today to Christ the King of Peace. A kingdom which is freeing itself of all the cloaks and crowns of Constantine as a result of the enormous missionary efforts made by Pope Francis; the kingdom of Christ is Peace and Mercy. Let us pray to Christ the King of Peace and Mercy. Let us then pray to the Son of Man who, even though he was the son learned obedience from the things he suffered: Jesus King of Peace and Mercy suffered the violence of Power which rebelled against him; power, also causes the Pope to suffer, but just like Jesus, he doesn’t answer.
It might appear that by dying on the Cross, Jesus lost; it might appear that the Church of Mercy is destined to lose; so mighty is Power. Instead, Christ has already won, the Pope of Mercy has already won, because mercy is not only in the hands of certain holy people whom we meet throughout history but also in the hands of Our Father who is in Heaven.
That cross, that Son of Man, was resurrected by the Father who made him the Lord! Where? On which throne? Not on any throne. This King’s throne is the conscience of those men and women who believe in mercy, peace, dialogue, ecumenism and universal brotherhood and are prepared to give their life for this faith. This is why the Church of Mercy has already won. For the other worldly things, we may have many teachers but when we enter the sphere of pain and death, there is no teacher; all voices fall silent. Only from this Pulpit which is the Cross, can the suffering experienced by so many poor people teach us to listen and to contemplate a love which is even greater than death. Only a Church of Mercy is the Church of Christ.