Monday, 13 April 2020 07:39

Bishop Pabillo: We Will Rise up with this Pandemic

Reflecting on the uncertainties brought about by the pandemic COVID-19 to the lives of many, Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, assured the faithful in his Easter Message that just as Jesus overcame death, we will also be able to overcome the pandemic with the grace of God.

“We do not know what will happen in the coming three weeks. We do not know what will be our life after the lock down. Surely, many things will change. What will they be? Of this we are sure, though: we will rise up from this pandemic,” Bishop Pabillo 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 greater care for our health and our families. We will rise up strengthened in our relationships. Most especially, we 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,” he added.

 Photo Credit: San Roque de Manila Parish

 The prelate also emphasized that the resurrection of Christ from the dead can be a source of profound meditation for Easter where one can find encouragement as well as a source of inspiration amidst the enhanced community quarantine.

"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. It has given us new life," he said.

Bishop Pabillo also reminded the faithful to celebrate and rejoice with the risen Christ who will be the source of strength to overcome the crisis.

"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 that the Risen Jesus is with us. He is acting among us and renewing us. Because of him, we shall overcome!" he said in the message.

For Catholics, Easter Sunday is the commemoration of the resurrection of Christ three days after his death on the cross. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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