Do not be afraid, God is with us – Church leader

Published January 9, 2021, 10:22 AM

by Christina Hermoso

“In our suffering, Jesus remains with us, guiding us through,” a Roman Catholic Church leader said as millions of devotees around the country mark the Feast of the Traslacion of the Black Nazarene Saturday, January 9.

Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo

In an early morning mass at the Quiapo Church in Manila, Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo assured the throngs of devotees at the church that “Jesus remains with us through our suffering.”

“Jesus is our Savior. We do not deny the sufferings that are with us, but Jesus is there. When we include Jesus in our suffering, we are transformed, leading the way to our salvation. Like now, amid the pandemic, we cannot observe our traditional celebration but we become closer to Jesus,” Pabillo said in his homily for the fiesta mass.

“Jesus is assuring us that He is with us. We are coming to Him today not through the traslacion procession but by listening to His Word,” he added.

Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos, for his part, reminded the faithful of his own “traslacion” or journey.

“Our life is a call. God is calling us to be with Him, to experience His goodness, and to share Him with others. Our traslacion is all about our passage or transfer from this life to Heaven as we answer His call. We translate His words to our own actions. We transcribe His works into our hearts. We transfer what we are and who we are into His ways and will,” Santos said.

“Our traslacion in this life entails sacrifices and sufferings, like our Hesus Nazareno. We also have to accept and carry our cross. We could also be blackened, bruised, and battered. Now, COVID-19 is our present cross. Living under the difficult and devastating time of coronavirus is our way of the cross. But we know, along our way of the cross, with our traslacion that God is here for us. Yes, God is with us. God accompanies us. God sustains us whenever we fall. God strengthens us. God indeed saves,” the bishop stressed.

Santos, likewise, called on the faithful not to be afraid.

“Do not be afraid. Do not be disturbed. God is in control. We will pass this crisis. We will move on. With God watching us and working wonders in our lives, we will surpass all these hardships,” Santos said.

With the theme, “Huwag Kang Matakot, si Hesus Ito,” today’s feast of the traslacion will be observed in about 14 or more parishes around the country through holy masses and motorcades.