PRESIDENT Duterte on Sunday said the resurrection of Jesus Christ should serve as a reminder that there is still hope and even “new beginnings” despite challenges the country is facing amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spread.
The President, in his Easter Sunday message, expressed hope that everyone would find solace and strength in the narrative of Christ’s Resurrection, as well as “profound happiness and purpose as we join hands in shaping a better and brighter future for the entire nation.”
“The triumph of the risen Christ presents us all with hopeful assurance that, even as we face adversities, there is always hope of better and new beginnings. In this time of renewal, we are reminded of the grace that comes from selfless love that is able to transcend diverse cultures, faiths, backgrounds and even circumstances,” he said.
Duterte expressed hope the story of the Resurrection and its message of forgiveness would inspire everyone to live with gratitude and humility, as well as acts of kindness and charity not just to one’s families and friends but also to those who are most in need.
Luzon has been on lockdown since last month due to the COVID-19. The lockdown will last until April 30.
Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the Manila archdiocese, urged the faithful to lead a new life once the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) is over.
“This Easter Sunday, it is our hope that there are changes brought to us by Lent. 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 said in his homily during the Easter Sunday Mass at the Manila Cathedral.
“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 said.
Pabillo said changes should come from realization and experiences everyone has had for a month’s time now.
“The 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,” said Pabillo.
Unlike previous years, Easter religious traditions of attending the “Salubong” and the Easter Mass were absent due to the prevailing lockdown. — With Gerard Naval