Monday, 13 April 2020 15:45

Jesus' Resurrection: A time for Renewed Values

"We have to live behind our usual way of thinking and doing. But think and do things where Jesus is. We live his values."

This was the reflection of Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Archdiocese of Manila when he delivered his homily, urging the faithful to renewed perspective, during the Easter Vigil celebration at the Manila Cathedral on April 11, 2020.

The prelate explained that in Baptism, the faithful denounces the works of evil. In the Resurrection, Jesus' triumph reveals a new life that challenges the faithful to follow the life lived by Jesus, exemplifying an authentic life.


"Noong tayo ay bininyagan, namatay tayo sa mga makamundong bagay. Tulad ni Hesus na namatay sa mga taong kalagayan niya.Kaya tayo’y binaon sa tubig. Ang buhay natin ngayon ay pakikiisa na sa resurrected life of Jesus which is a new kind of life.  Kaya ang mga konsiderasyon natin ay hindi na ang mga makamundong bagay kundi ang mga bagay kung nasaan si Hesus," he said.

Bishop Pabillo expressed his hope for the faithful to be inspired by Risen Lord to be Christians who strive to live the values that the Resurrection embodies. These values call the faithful to a change of mindset.

"These and similar things are the values where Jesus is now. Seated at the right hand of the Father. Think of what is above and not what is on the earth. Dahil sa muling pagkabuhay, hindi na tayo nag-aalalinlangan, hindi na tayo natatakot na sundin ang values ni Hesus tulad ng paninindigan para sa katotohanan at sa katarungan. These values may bring persecution, may bring difficulties as it did to Jesus. But Jesus is risen. These values of Jesus will ultimately bring us new life as it did to Jesus," he said.

In the midst of the Corona virus pandemic, the Bishop points out the positive effects that this situation has brought, that is, the Church is mad present and alive in the Christian Homes, that families pray together and recognize the small things with great value.

"This year, the disciplines of Lent have been imposed on us by the corona virus," he said. "The pandemic has made us stay home; has made life more simple; has forced us to relate with our loved ones; has given us a lot of time to pray and to read the scriptures; it brought the worship of God into our homes by online service; it hopefully has made us more generous to others especially to our frontline people. I hope we have undergone this discipline not gradually but with a sense of inner liberty, inner freedom."

Following the example given by the Risen Lord, the Bishop urges the faithful remain steadfast in their faith and that it may nourish their spiritual lives even more.

"At ngayon na Linggo na ng Pagkabuhay, may mga pagbabago na sana na dala ang Kuwaresma natin. Namatay tayo sa maraming bagay noong nakaraang buwan. Ngayon naman pangalagaan natin ang ating bagong buhay at bagong values na natanggap," he said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish)

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