(ONLY VIDEO) During the General Audience, Pope Francis focused his catechesis on explaining what it means to cross the Holy Door. He said that every pilgrim who comes to the Holy Door does so with their past joys, sorrows, failures, doubts and fears. All these things are given to the Lord’s mercy.
He explained that the Holy Door is the meeting point between the pain of humanity and compassion of God, as happened in with the widow of Nain when Christ restored life to her son.
SUMMARY OF THE CATECHISM IN ENGLISH
Dear Brothers and Sisters: In our continuing catechesis for this Holy Year of Mercy, we now consider the miracle of Jesus’ raising of the son of the widow of Nain. Jesus, moved by compassion for the grief of a mother, directly confronts the reality of death and restores life to her young son. This encounter before the town gates can inspire our own encounter with the Lord’s life-giving mercy as we pass through the Holy Door on our Jubilee pilgrimage. We approach that Door bringing with us our entire past, its joys and sorrows, trusting that Jesus will grant us a new beginning and revive our hope in his promises. The new life given to the son of the widow of Nain reminds us that we too have been raised from the dead and given new life in Christ through the grace of baptism. The Church has become our mother and we are called to be witnesses of God’s merciful love before the world. During this Jubilee Year, may we turn once more to Jesus, for he is the Door leading to salvation and new life. May the divine mercy which we have received pass from our hearts to our hands, and find expression in our practice of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.