By Leslie Ann Aquino
It is the hope of a Catholic prelate that when the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine ends, people will lead a new life.
“The (coronavirus disease) pandemic has made us stay home, made life more simple, has forced us to relate to our loved ones, has given us a lot of time to pray and read the Scriptures. It brought the worship of God to our homes,” Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila Bishop Broderick Pabillo said in his Easter Sunday Mass at the Manila Cathedral.
“Hopefully, it won’t come to a point where, after the quarantine, there won’t be any changes in our attitudes, in our relationships, and oneness with the Lord,” he added.
Pabillo said the discipline of Lent is meant to make us celebrate Easter with a new life, a life that “closer to Jesus.”
“We died in many ways in this past month. Hopefully, we take care of this coming new life and new values we have received,” said Pabillo.
“Jesus is risen. Let us lead the new life that is His, which is also ours by baptism. That’s why we renew our baptismal promises in this mass, to remind us of the new life and the new values that we now have,” he added.
Bishop Pabillo said while it is true that the quarantine is not yet over, people should continue to pray and hope that this is already forthcoming.
Last month, the government imposed the ECQ to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.