Justice, mercy stronger than sin and death – Tagle

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MANILA Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on Filipinos to remember Easter Sunday as a sign of hope amid suffering and despair in the world.

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“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,” Tagle said in his Easter message.

THE REDEEMER Visitors have their photographs taken at a 40-foot replica of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer monument in Natividad, Pangasinan. The replica stands on a hill 1,108 meters above sea level. The nation today marks Easter Sunday, which commemorates Christ’s triumph over death for the salvation of mankind. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

Tagle also decried the practice of bribe-giving, noting that Jesus’ accusers bribed the guardians of his tomb not to tell the truth that he 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,” he said.

“The truth of the Resurrection of Jesus was betrayed and denied in exchange for money. This mode of acting sadly continues in our world,” he added.

He also said the practice of curtailing the truth “leads to greed, corruption, manipulation and further despair.”

Tagle said the empty tomb became a way to proclaim the good news of the Resurrection, which Catholics can emulate by being 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,” he said.

“Ordinary daily life offers many such ‘spaces’ in our homes, alleys, barangay, schools, buses, jeepneys, markets, offices, cell phones, social media as well as in our minds, emotions, and consciences. Let the Risen Jesus empty them of death and fill them with light, love and mission,” he added.

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  1. Thank you so much Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle for RENEWING HOPE TO MOST OF OUR COUNTRYMEN.

    Praying that may God help you spread, reach and touch every hearts of the FILIPINO people for what you have preached on this EASTER SUNDAY!

    May God bless you always.

    • Hope from what Miss Mila?
      What the Catholics is teaching these people are far from salvation.
      Replica of something is not even the real thing, worst is it does not represent God,
      There is one way for us people to be healed and be saved. That is to serve and worship God the way our Lord Jesus Christ wants us to do. Worshiping the saints, a statue or celebrating a baby Jesus are not His teachings. It is more like promoting paganism. Look at this verse in Isiah, it will clear your mind (from The Bible) Isiah 45:20-22 and it might bring you to true salvation. God bless you my dear.