Monday, March 21, 2005

he has risen (Mk 16:6)

My Brothers and Sisters, my dear young people:

The greatest good news is once again announced to us: Christ suffered, yes. Christ died, yes. But he has risen! He is alive! He is with us!

This is the best news ever: we are not alone! Yes, we are suffering because we can barely make both ends meet in our day to day living. But Christ is with us! Yes, we are afraid of the ever increasing number of crimes in our communities. But Christ is with us! Yes, we are worried of even worst things to come in our country. But Christ is with us!

The life of Christ is the pattern of our own lives as Christians. We all have to undergo our own paschal mystery. We all have to experience our respective passion, death and resurrection.

With Christ alive and with Him with us—there is always hope for a better life for us and for our families, there is always hope for a better tomorrow, a better country. And this hope is real—very real.

There were worst times before, and the Filipinos made it. These present times are bad. But we too shall survive them. The sure recipe for our own survival is industry, thrift, prayer. No indolence. No extravagance. No godless living.

No, we may not take it easy. We should not depend on others. We could neither depend on the national government that appears to make our day-to-day life even harder: It says that it wants to help the poor by taxing more the poor themselves!

Yes, we have Christ to count on, our own selves to depend on. This is the way, the truth, the life!

Thus, to you all I say: Happy Easter! Christ is risen. Christ is alive. Christ is with us.

Easter 2005

(Note: The above message was circularized to all the parishes of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan with the instruction to read the text in all the Eucharistic celebrations in all Churches and Chapels on the occasion of the Eucharistic celebrations on March 26 PM and 27 AM/PM)