In Holy Thursday Chrism Mass homily pope tells priests to preach with truth, mercy and joy

In his Holy Thursday homily at the Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis urged the world’s priests to “never be afraid to offer that truth just ‘one sip at a time.’”

He went on to say; the Gospel is truth, “brimming with joy and mercy. We should never attempt to separate these three graces of the Gospel: its truth, which is non-negotiable; its mercy, which is unconditional and offered to all sinners; and its joy, which is personal and open to everyone.”

The truth of the good news can never be an abstract truth for those who do not let it fully and concretely shape people’s lives just “because they feel more comfortable seeing it printed in book,” he said in the homily delivered in Italian.

“The mercy of the good news can never be a false commiseration, one that leaves sinners in their misery without holding out a hand to lift them up and help them take a step in the direction of change,” Pope Francis said.

For the Catholic New Service (April 13, 2017) report, click here.

For the Crux (April 13, 2017) report by John Allen, Jr. click here.

For a transcript of Pope Francis’ Chrism Mass homily courtesy of Zenit News Agency, click here.