MANILA (8-April-2012) — As the joy of Easter grips the whole of Christendom, a Catholic prelate urged the faithful to let their “rejoicing bring about conversion.”
Just as Jesus “has died to sin and risen to life in God,” so every believer should also “die to sin and live for God,” Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle said in an Easter message.
He said the joy of the resurrection should lead us to “an examination of our individual and communal lives.”
“From the tombs of hunger, ignorance, discrimination, insensitivity, selfishness, greed, and pride, let us allow God’s love to rise and be our life. Let it not be said that we chose death over God who is life,” he stressed.
The Manila prelate pointed out that the celebration of Easter only shows human beings are destined to a life in God.
The resurrection of Jesus is a victory of good over evil, Tagle said.
“In His resurrection, we now know where human history finds its culmination—in sharing the very life of God. The resurrection is not a return to human earthly life, a life still subject to evil and destruction. The life that the Risen Christ now possesses is God’s very life. That is why He will not die again. Sin has no more power over Him,” he said.
“In Jesus the Risen One, we are assured that God was, is, and will be victorious over sinfulness, viciousness, wickedness, corruption and violence. The Resurrection exposes and shatters the illusion of evildoers,” the Manila archbishop stressed. (CBCPNews)