Beloved brothers and sisters,
In the name of the Christian faithful in the Archdiocese of Manila, I greet you a Blessed Easter! We rejoice with the whole of humanity and creation in the Risen Lord who is our hope.
In an early discourse on Easter, St. Peter declared, “They put him (Jesus) to death by hanging him on a tree. This man God raised on the third day” (Acts 10:39-40). The raising of the crucified Jesus is the action of God. The resurrection, while happening on earth and in time, is a Divine action. God alone, who is the author of life, sustains and restores life. Only the Giver of life can lead us to fullness of life in His presence. I am inviting everyone to behold the great mystery of the Resurrection: Jesus, who was put to death by human beings, was raised by God.
In our brokenness as individuals and families, we often experience the need for an infusion of “fresh life.” Unfortunately, despite human efforts, we still see in society, “tombs” of hunger, unemployment, homelessness, violence, discrimination, injustice and corruption. It is time to look to God, the giver of life. Let us welcome the action of God who once raised a crucified Nazarean to life and made Him our hope, our Lord. There will never be any true resurrection from our individual, familial, societal and environmental “tombs” if we do not allow God to act. Make room for God—He will raise us to true life with Jesus!
May the Easter blessings of forgiveness and peace be with you always!
– Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila