“Easter is the assurance of victory. Any act of love and sacrifice for others will bring new life. We need this message in our time when so many acts of love, service to others, and prayers are being offered.”
This is the message Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila conveys in his Easter Message released on April 3, 2021.
The Bishop said all the “efforts and goodwill” offered by the people to one another during this time of pandemic “will join in the victory of the resurrection”.
“We witness this among our medical frontliners who are tired, in danger, and not adequately compensated. We see this among family members who comfort and serve those of their families who are sick. We admire the daily wage earners who continue to work, putting themselves to daily risk, to support their families,” he said.
“We are aware of prayer requests and promises of prayers in many social media accounts. We are all enveloped in prayers these days,” he added.
The Bishop, amidst the uncertainties the faithful are facing with the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, gives a light of hope and encouragement to reflect on the real meaning of the resurrection of Christ.
“So Easter is not only about Jesus. It is also about us. Jesus is the guarantee that a new and better day is coming. Let us not lose hope. We continue to strive because we know, with God’s help, that we shall overcome,” Bishop Pabillo said.
“Praise God who gives us victory over death, over sickness, over evil. This is the real meaning of the Easter,” he added.
On April 4, Easter Sunday, the beginning of the celebration of the 500th Year of the Arrival of Christianity in the Philippines, Bishop Pabillo opened the Jubilee Door of the Manila Cathedral in union with the other cathedrals in the Philippines. He will open the door of the other jubilee churches during Easter Week.
“Today we open the 500th anniversary of the gift of the Christian faith to our country. We humbly accept this gift and in gratitude we will generously share this faith to others. We are gifted to give. Together with the disciples we enthusiastically share with others: ‘We have seen the Lord,’” said Bishop Pabillo. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)