Tagle to faithful: “Jesus is risen and He is our Hope!”

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle called on the faithful to look at the Risen Christ as a sign of hope in fulfilling our mission as Catholics to spread the Good News to the World. “Once again, Easter is upon us. For Christians, the Risen Jesus provides the sure hope that justice, mercy and love are stronger than evil and death. Christians share this Good News to the whole world, even to non-Christians, especially those who are suffering and at the brink of despair,” he said in his Easter message. Tagle also reminded his flock that they should not only see Christ as a sign of hope during Easter but everyday especially now that the world is enveloped with sorrow and despair. “But the hope that the Resurrection brings does not take us away from our world and our time. On the contrary, hope opens our eyes to realities of daily life but from a changed perspective,” he said. Tagle also recounted the practice of bribery in the Gospel of St. Matthew when the accusers of Jesus paid the soldiers guarding his tomb not to tell the truth that Jesus has resurrected. “The Gospel of St. Matthew chapter 28 recounts that immediately after the Resurrection of Jesus, the soldiers guarding the tomb were given a large sum of money by Jesus’ accusers so that they could spread the news that the disciples of Jesus had stolen his body. The truth of the Resurrection of Jesus was betrayed and denied in exchange for money,” he said. According to Tagle, this kind of act continues to exist today and “leads to greed, corruption, manipulation and further despair.” He also said that “it inflicts death on others, especially on those who are already marginalized.” Also in his Easter message, Cardinal Tagle said that the tomb became an instrument for the people to proclaim the good News of the Resurrection and become “bearers of hope rather than servants of gloom and despair.” “The tomb became the space for divine illumination and for angels proclaiming the good news of the Resurrection. The tomb is not empty after all. It is now the space of God to spread light and life. It is the space where the women received a mission to tell the disciples that the victory over evil and death had been won by Jesus,” he said. “The Resurrection is about the “spaces” God offers to us to live our mission. Ordinary daily life offers many such “spaces” in our homes, alleys, barangays, schools, buses, jeepneys, markets, offices, cellphones, social media as well as in our minds, emotions, and consciences,” he added. Cardinal Tagle led the Easter vigil activities on Saturday at the Manila Cathedral at 8 pm.


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