By Analou De Vera
Rise up with greater trust in the Lord Jesus amid the fear and confusion brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In his Easter message, Bishop Broderick Pabillo Apostolic Administrator of that Archdiocese of Manila, said that the resurrection of Jesus symbolizes hope.
“The resurrection tells us that God is faithful. He is powerful. He overcomes evil and even death. This gives us hope and joy. We can say this with greater conviction this year. The quarantine period was hard, but we have lived through it renewed and with new realizations in life,” said Pabillo.
“It has given us new life. Let not the monotony of the quarantine put off the joy of Easter. The basis of this joy is not what we can do, but the Risen Jesus is with us. He is acting among us and renewing us. Because of Him, we shall overcome,” he added.
Pabillo said that this year’s celebration of Easter is “totally unexpected” just like what Jesus’ disciples experienced when they witnessed the crucifixion, death and resurrection. He noted that Jesus “acts in unexpected ways.”
Once the pandemic is over, Pabillo said that the faithful should be open to changes and hoped that the faithful will become better individuals.
“We do not know what will happen in the coming three weeks. We do not know what will be our life after the lockdown. Surely, many things will change. What will they be? Of this we are sure, though: we will rise up from this pandemic,” the prelate said.
“We will rise up, hopefully not to go back to our former way of life. We will rise up stronger and more confident. We will rise up with even greater care for our health and our families. We will rise up strengthened in our relationships,” he added.
Furthermore, the faithful will “rise up with greater trust in our God who never leaves us and who sustains us in difficult times. Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by God,” said Pabillo.