'Lessons of Resurrection lead to new life, new encouraging service' – Cardinal Rosales

April 3, 2010 11:59 pm 

MANILA, April 3 — On the eve of Easter Sunday, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales said the Resurrection of Jesus Christ should be the start of change among the faithful.

“The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ announces a new way of behaving, a new way of loving, a new way of serving and how we could all be bound by Peace,” the Cardinal said in his Easter Message released on Saturday.

He said that the "triumph of Jesus over sin and the evils that humans learned and still continue to do, and over death itself" means that “After the Resurrection, no more shall there be compromising with deceit, dishonesty, and the worship of money and power.”

Noting that the country will be voting its new leaders next month, the prelate added: “How beautiful is the coincidence that Easter always precedes a national election, because the lessons of the Resurrection lead to new life and a new encouraging service.”

He called on the people to deeply discern on who they will vote in the May 10, 2010 national and local polls.

"Discern with prayerful judgment as to who the nation should entrust with the task of new and inspiring honest leadership that leads to unity and peace,” the Cardinal said.

Meanwhile, Bishop Nereo Odchimar, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), remains optimistic that despite the hardships that befell the country last year, the people will continue to live their lives and call on the Lord.

“However dark the horizon may seem, today we celebrate the radiant triumph of Easter joy. We are now children of Resurrection! Let no one yield to dismay and lack of trust! We hold in our hearts the very foundation of Hope. Christ is risen! Christ is alive in our midst; truly present in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. In and with Him, the journey through life gets brighter, not darker. People going through great crisis find comfort in His presence. He comes to us as answer to our tears over death,” the Tandag prelate said in his Easter Message.

“In this season of Easter, as we continue to contemplate the Lord’s Resurrection, we let the Holy Spirit bring us to that glorious event where we may encounter the risen Lord again and relive the joyful hope of Easter,” the CBCP head added.

He also hopes that people will continue to be a blessing to others.

“May we, who truly experience this life-giving hope, light, and love of Christ, also become rays of hope for the despairing, lighted candles amidst darkness, and compassion for the abandoned. God bless us all!” he said. (PNA) scs/FGP/utb

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