Prison for Minors "Casal del Marmo", Rome
Holy Thursday, 28 March 2013


This is moving. Jesus, washing the feet of his disciples. Peter didn’t understood it at all, he refused. But Jesus explained it for him. Jesus – God – did this! He himself explains to his disciples: “Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord – and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you” (John 13:12-15).

It is the Lord’s example: he is the most important, and he washes feet, because with us what is highest must be at the service of others. This is a symbol, it is a sign, right? Washing feet means: “I am at your service”. And with us too, don’t we have to wash each other’s feet day after day? But what does this mean? That all of us must help one another. Sometimes I am angry with someone or other … but… let it go, let it go, and if he or she asks you a favour, do it.

Help one another: this is what Jesus teaches us and this what I am doing, and doing with all my heart, because it is my duty. As a priest and a bishop, I must be at your service. But it is a duty which comes from my heart: I love it. I love this and I love to do it because that is what the Lord has taught me to do. But you too, help one another: help one another always. One another. In this way, by helping one another, we will do some good.

Now we will perform this ceremony of washing feet, and let us think, let each one of us think: “Am I really willing, willing to serve, to help others?”. Let us think about this, just this. And let us think that this sign is a caress of Jesus, which Jesus gives, because this is the real reason why Jesus came: to serve, to help us.



Acknowledgment: We thank the Vatican Publisher for allowing us to publish the Homily of Pope Francis I, so that it could be accessed by more people all over the world; as a source of God’s encouragements to all of us.

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Extracted from Psalm 30:2,4-6,11-13

I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me.


I will praise you, Lord, you have rescued me and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.

O Lord, you have raised my soul from the dead, restored me to life from those who sink into the grave.


Sing psalms to the Lord, you who love him, give thanks to his holy name.

His anger lasts a moment; his favour all through life. At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn.


The Lord listened and had pity. The Lord came to my help.

For me you have changed my mourning into dancing: O Lord my God, I will thank you for ever.


Canticle: Isaiah 12

The rejoicing of a redeemed people

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.


Truly, God is my salvation, I trust, I shall not fear.

For the Lord is my strength, my song, he became my saviour.

With joy you will draw water  from the wells of salvation.


Give thanks to the Lord, give praise to his name! Make his mighty deeds known to the peoples!

Declare the greatness of his name.


Sing a psalm to the Lord for he has done glorious deeds; make them known to all the earth!

People of Zion, sing and shout for joy, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.



Psalm 19:8-11

You have the message of eternal life, O Lord.


The law of the Lord is perfect, it revives the soul.

The rule of the Lord is to be trusted, it gives wisdom to the simple.


The precepts of the Lord are right, they gladden the heart.

The command of the Lord is clear, it gives light to the eyes.


The fear of the Lord is holy, abiding for ever.

The decrees of the Lord are truth and all of them just.


They are more to be desired than gold, than the purest of gold

and sweeter are they than honey, than honey from the comb.


Psalm 42-43:2-3,5,42:3-4

Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you, my God.


My soul is thirsting for God, the God of my life;

when can I enter and see the face of God?


These things will I remember  as I pour out my soul:

how I would lead the rejoicing crowd into the house of God, amid cries of gladness and thanksgiving,

  the throng wild with joy.


O send forth your light and your truth; let these be my guide.

Let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.


And I will come to the altar of God, the God of my joy.

My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp, O God, my God.

Extracted from the letter of Saint Paul to the Romans 6:3-11:


When we were baptised in Christ Jesus we were baptised in his death; in other words, when we were baptised we went into the tomb with him and joined him in death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead by the Father’s glory, we too might live a new life.


              If in union with Christ we have imitated his death, we shall also imitate him in his resurrection. We must realise that our former selves have been crucified with him to destroy this sinful body and to free us from the slavery of sin. When a Christian dies, of course, he has finished with sin.


              But we believe that having died with Christ we shall return to life with him: Christ, as we know, having been raised from the dead will never die again. Death has no power over him any more. When he died, he died, once for all, to sin, so his life now is life with God; and in that way, you too must consider yourselves to be dead to sin but alive for God in Christ Jesus.


Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his love has no end.

Let the sons of Israel say: ‘His love has no end.’


The Lord’s right hand has triumphed; his right hand raised me up.

I shall not die, I shall live and recount his deeds.


The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.

This is the work of the Lord, a marvel in our eyes.

Extracted from the holy Gospel according to Luke 24:1-12:


On the first day of the week (Sunday), at the first sign of dawn, they went to the tomb with the spices they had prepared. They found that the stone had been rolled away from the tomb, but on entering discovered that the body of the Lord Jesus was not there. As they stood there not knowing what to think, two men in brilliant clothes suddenly appeared at their side. Terrified, the women lowered their eyes. But the two men said to them, ‘Why look among the dead for someone who is alive? He is not here; he has risen. Remember what he told you when he was still in Galilee: that the Son of Man had to be handed over into the power of sinful men and be crucified, and rise again on the third day?’ And they remembered his words.


              When the women returned from the tomb they told all this to the Eleven and to all the others. The women were Mary of Magdala, Joanna, and Mary the mother of James. The other women with them also told the apostles, but this story of theirs seemed pure nonsense, and they did not believe them.


              Peter, however, went running to the tomb. He bent down and saw the binding cloths but nothing else; he then went back home, amazed at what had happened.


You asked, ‘Where did Jesus go?’


The Answer: Let’s see John’s Record .




It was Easter Sunday on 31 March 2013, where Christians all over the world celebrated the Solemnity that Jesus Christ being raised from the dead over 2000 years ago. On the eve of Easter Sunday, there have always been huge celebrations also. Here are the Readings being read in Holy Masses on the same evening around the world on 30 March 2013 evening:


1st Reading: Genesis 1:1-2:2 (see Encouragements-91),

Responsorial: Psalm 104:1-2,5-6,10,12-14,24,35 (see Encouragements-79) OR Psalm 33:4-7,12-13,20,22 (see Encouragements-18),

2nd Reading: Genesis 22:1-18 (see Encouragements-80),

Responsorial: Psalm 16:5,8-11 (see Encouragements-28),

3rd Reading: Exodus 14:15-15:1 (see Encouragements-6, Part 2),

Responsorial: Canticle: Exodus 15 (see Encouragments-6-Part 2),

4th Reading: Isaiah 54:5-14 (see Encouragements-25),

Responsorial: Psalm 30:2,4-6,11-13 (see above),

5th Reading: Isaiah 55:1-11 (see Encouragements-91),

Responsorial: Canticle: Isaiah 12 (see above),

6th Reading: Baruch 3:9-15,32-4:4 (see Encouragements-92),

Responsorial: Psalm 19:8-11 (see above),

7th Reading: Ezekiel 36:16-17,18-28 (see Encouragements-92)

Responsorial: Psalm 42-43:2-3,5,42:3-4 (see above) OR Psalm 51:12-15,18-19 (see Encouragements-85),

Epistle: Romans 6:3-11 (see above),

Responsorial: Psalm 118:1-2,16-17,22-23 (see above) &

Gospel Reading: Luke 24:1-12 (see above).


We have extracted the Homilies of Blessed Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis I based on the aforesaid Readings to share with you, so that you could similarly be encouraged: see next page.