As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ this Easter Sunday, may we be reminded of the eternal hope that springs forth from this resurrection event. Christ’s resurrection gives concrete hope to many generations. From Jesus’ suffering in the cross, to his death, he conquered the grave, and rose again. This historical and miraculous resurrection inspires us Christians to move and work together for the good of everyone, knowing fully well, that goodness will always triumph over evil.
This Easter, may we also be reminded that the body of Christ is given for others. That the cross where he suffered is also a symbol not of defeat but of defiance against powers that be. Let us remember those who are imprisoned unjustly, those who have been extra-judicially killed, and those who have been silenced through forced disappearances, of those people who continue to speak truth to power.
Easter is a message for all of Christianity to always be hopeful amidst the precarious suffering around us. The resurrection story means that humanity is not called to suffer but to thrive in abundance of life. It is meant to celebrate the “joys of a living Redeemer, but also to live out concrete terms Christ’s victory over principalities and powers” (2012)
As we celebrate the Risen Christ, let us remember the power of the resurrection and the power and triumph of God over all else, the triumph of righteousness over wickedness, of life over death. The resurrection speaks of God’s sovereignty, of the Redeemer and Lord in whose name “every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Phil. 2:10).
This year’s Easter season also coincides with the campaign period of the 2019 elections. On May 13, 2019, we as the Filipino people will make our way to the polling places to once again choose our lawmakers and local leaders. As we prepare to make our voting decisions, we are called as Christians to keep our eye on the greater good for our people, especially the most disadvantaged. Let us cast our vote as an act of faith in practice, not just as an act of self-interest. Let us remain true to the biblical mandate to elect to positions of authority those who are acceptable in the eyes of God. The author of the Book of proverbs observes that: “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan” (Prov. 29:2).
This Easter, let us rise up and make a profound change in the state of our country. Let us vote for those who will walk with the masses of the poor in our nation, who suffer under the burden of the cross of poverty. Let us shun those who bear the sins of corruption, those who push for ill-conceived development, and those who seek power but lacks real accountability to the people. May Christ’s resurrection be felt and continue in all of us.
May the joy and peace of Christ’s resurrection empower us all!
JUSTICE RAOUL V. VICTORINO, Ret.
BISHOP RODOLFO A. JUAN
REV. DR. SHARON ROSE JOY RUIZ-DUREMDES
MS. LISSA BELLE R. BROWN
MR. REYNALDO M. NATIVIDAD
MS. MINNIE ANNE M. CALUB
Acting General Secretary