Vatican City, May 15, 2019 / 03:08 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis said Wednesday that Jesus gave humanity a precious gift on the cross -- liberation from evil.
“The Christian knows how overwhelming the power of evil is, and at the same time he experiences how much Jesus, who never succumbed to its flattery, is on our side and comes to our aid,” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square May 15.
The pope connected the last line of the Our Father prayer, “Deliver us from evil,” to Christ’s crucifixion.
“Deliver us from evil” covers a wide range of human experiences, he explained: “the mourning of man, innocent suffering, slavery, the exploitation of others, the cry of innocent children.”
In the Passion “Jesus fully experienced the piercing of evil. Not only death, but death on the cross. Not only loneliness, but also contempt, humiliation,” Pope Francis said.