See Jesus in every frontliner â CBCP
CBCP president and Davao Bishop Romulo Valles said he can still see hope through people’s mercy and compassion with one another amid the crisis caused by the COVID-19.
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See Jesus in every frontliner — CBCP
Robertzon Ramirez (The Philippine Star) - April 12, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has urged the Catholic faithful to celebrate Easter Sunday today by seeing Jesus Christ in every frontliner working double time to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

CBCP president and Davao Bishop Romulo Valles said he can still see hope through people’s mercy and compassion with one another amid the crisis caused by the COVID-19. 

“Yes, no doubt, we are in an extremely grim situation, but I see clear sparks of the spirit of Easter in the hearts of thousands in the midst of this pandemic,” Valles said in his Easter message. 

He said he can see the love of Jesus Christ through the heroic services of health workers and other frontliners who are doing everything to save and protect lives of ailing patients, even at the risk of losing their own lives. 

“We see people of all walks of life, men and women, old and young, manifesting simple acts of appreciation and gratitude to all those who offer their lives so that others may live. Are these not concrete manifestations of the Easter spirit?” he said. 

“Looking at all these, isn’t it that our hearts begin to fill up with hope? …I begin to see the hope of Easter in us, and this hope is stronger when we, together, have hearts like that of Jesus in his sacrifice in Calvary,” he added. 

“The spirit of Easter is still alive in the hearts of the Filipino people despite the sorrow that the coronavirus disease has brought to human beings,” the bishop said. 

“We can still celebrate with profound thanksgiving in our hearts the solemn commemoration of the Resurrection of Jesus: the triumph of Jesus over death. This is the Easter that, I believe, we can celebrate together in these difficult days,” he said. 

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo also said that this year’s Easter Sunday “is totally unexpected” not only because of the changes in some of the Eucharistic celebrations, but because it remains unknown to many what will happen in the coming days. 

But Pabillo said the Filipino people will surely rise up from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We will rise up, hopefully not to go back to our former way of life. We will rise up stronger and more confident. We will rise up with greater care for our health and our families. We will rise up strengthened in our relationship,” he said. 

“Most especially, we will rise up with greater trust in our God who never leaves us and who sustains us in difficult times. Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by God. The resurrection tells us that God is faithful. He is powerful,” he added. 

The Catholic Church was compelled to go on social media to continue with its calling to serve the Lord and spread his words since the government has implemented an enhanced community quarantine in Luzon due to COVID-19. 

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