Pope Francis: 'Celebrate holy days of love' leading to Easter'

The truth which every follower of Jesus, every faith community and every church will celebrate this weekend, is that forgiveness is greater than punishment, that justice is stronger than revenge, that love overpowers hate. We know that he triumphantly came into the city to conquer death and to set up his spiritual kingdom that will last forever. "They are ministers of God in this building we are here to worship the creator of the heavens and earth". It was Easter Sunday morning when Jesus rose from the dead and defeated death, sin, and the grave.

Unlike worldly hopes, which fail to bring lasting satisfaction Pope Francis told the faithful that "our Christian hope is grounded in God's eternal love".

"Despite our messy, sinful, human-ness, Jesus sacrificed Himself as an act of real love, so that we may be made whole".

The simple answer is he died to give this dying world hope.

Even if you have never or seldom been to a church, please feel able to join us in these celebrations.

Church commemorates Christ's arrest, the trial, crucifixion, his suffering, death, and burial. We journey with Jesus from the Last Supper to the Cross. We question, with the disciples, "Is it I, Lord?" as He reveals someone will betray Him.

"Let us abide by His teachings, be guided by His wisdom and grace, and seek His intervention in our lives", he said. "We know that when he is revealed, we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is" (1 John 3:2). If the world was so flawless and there was no sin, there would have been no need for him to die. In other words, when Jesus died on the cross, He paid the penalty for our sinful actions, bridging the gap between God and us, and gave us the acquittal that we so desperately needed.

Bainivanua says even though the disciples did not really believe and trust in Him, He continued to rally them together with the power of His love. We began with a procession of palms, in remembrance of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. My prayer is that we may all open our hearts in a new way to the joy of the Resurrection.

Two thousand years later, you and I would have not been impacted by His death - an ordinary type of death, then and now, not unlike anyone else's in time.

The New Testament preaches that Jesus sacrificed his own life to absolve humanity of its sins - thereby destroying the shackles death holds over life.