Vatican News Release:
In his homily at the morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis called on Christians to be joyful, and said pessimism is not Christian.
Contrasting the of a person who has been and , with the face of , delivered a on the that springs from the forgiveness of sin and the closeness of the Lord. Both the first Reading and Gospel for the day speak of the profound joy that comes from within, which is very different from the pleasure that we feel at a party. The whole liturgy cries out, “Rejoice, rejoice!”