Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate the Transitus with us last evening. We are happy to share with you Fr. Phillips’ beautiful and moving sermon on Our Holy Father St. Francis. Click below to listen – we hope to get the transcription up one of these days, too.
Here is the Good Friday sermon preached by Capuchin Friar Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher of the Papal Household, earlier today at St. Peter’s Basilica. It is tradition for the Papal Preacher, rather than the Holy Father, to preach the Good Friday sermon.
JUSTIFIED AS A GIFT THROUGH FAITH IN THE BLOOD OF CHRIST
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith in his blood. He did this to show his righteousness […] to prove at the present time that he is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus”(Rom 3:23-26).We have reached the summit of the Year of Faith and its decisive moment. This is the faith that saves, “faith that overcomes the world” (1 Jn 5:5)! Faith – the appropriation by which we make ours the salvation worked by Christ, by which we put on the mantle of his righteousness. On the one hand there is the outstretched hand of God offering man His grace; on the other hand, the hand of man reaching out to receive it through faith. The “new and everlasting Covenant” is sealed with a handclasp between God and man.