In today's General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the meaning of the various services of Holy Week, from today's observance of Spy Wednesday through Saturday evening's Easter Vigil.
Here are two excerpts from the Zenit translation:
"In the coming days, we will commemorate the supreme battle between Light and Darkness, between Life and Death.
"We also have to place ourselves within this context -- aware of our own "night," of our sins and responsibilities -- if we want to spiritually benefit again from the paschal mystery, if we want to bring light to our hearts, by way of this mystery, which is the center point of our faith. . . .
"These liturgical celebrations are not mere commemorations of past events; they introduce us to the ever-present reality of God's saving power. Today too, Christ's love triumphs over evil, sin and death. Truly, as Saint Paul says, 'if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him" (Rom 6:8).'"