By John Rey Saavedra, PNA
CEBU CITY — Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma on Easter Sunday said candidates for the May 13 elections should strive to become instruments of change.
In his homily during the Easter Sunday Mass at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Palma said candidates should be aware of the various issues, stressing sanctity of life and marriage as major concerns in the country.
The church, he said, has no prohibition for the faithful to endorse candidates whom they think are worthy of their votes.
The prelate, however, reiterated that the church will never endorse candidates in the coming elections.
The church will only guide the voters in choosing the best candidates for the post, he added.
In his Easter Sunday message, Palma encouraged the Roman Catholic faithful to celebrate deep trust and faith in God and to strengthen the belief of the Risen Lord’s good news rather than giving weight to “fake news.”
Palma said the Lord’s resurrection is a time to deepen faith in God “just as how the risen Lord became faithful to His Father.”
Palma said the trust in the Lord has brought new life despite the trials and adversities.
“Taliwala sa tanang problema, taliwala sa kangitngit, ug bisan pa sa lain-laing mga hitabo, ang atong pagsalig sa Diyos, mao’y magdala nato sa kausaban, bag-ong paglaum, bag-ong kinabuhi! (In spite of all the problems, darkness, and challenges we have, our trust in the Lord will bring us to change, new hope, and new life)” Palma said.
Palma also said the church celebrates “the resurrection of Christ to give emphasis to the triumph of our faith in God.”
“Sa pagkabanhaw ni Kristo gisaulog ang kadaugan sa atong pagtuo, kadaugan sa kahayag batok sa kangitngit, kadaugan sa kaayo batok sa dautan, kadaugan sa pasaylo batok sa pagdumot, kadaugan sa kinabuhi batok sa kamatayon (Christ’s resurrection is celebrated as triumph of our faith, triumph of the light against darkness, triumph of good against evil, triumph of forgiveness against hatred, triumph of life against death),” Palma noted.
Celebrating Easter represents the culmination of Lent, the season of observance of Roman Catholic church’s tradition practiced during Holy Week such as the Last Supper on Holy Wednesday, Visita Iglesia on Maundy Thursday, and the commemoration of the Lord’s Seven Last Words on Holy Friday.
Also practiced during the Holy Week are procession of Christ’s sufferings called the “Pasos” during Holy Wednesday, and the “Santo Entierro” to mark the Lord’s death on Holy Friday.
The paschal mystery of Jesus’ resurrection is opened with the baptism of fire and water in all Roman Catholic parishes as part of the Easter vigil on the eve of Easter Sunday.
Palma, however, said observance of Holy Week’s tradition would be lacking if “we will not celebrate Christ’s resurrection.”
“Kining tanan kulang kun dili nato saulugon ang pagkabanhaw ni Kristo. Kay kining pagkabanhaw ni Kristo maoy pagpamatuod sa Diyos nga ang tanan nga gitudlo ni Hesus, ang tanan niyang gibuhat mao’y good news, dili fake news, ug mao’y pangandoy natong’ tanan (All these would be lacking if we fail to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord. Christ’s resurrection is a testimony that all of Jesus’ teachings, and all what he did, are all good news, not fake news. And this is what we are yearning for),” the Cebu prelate said.
Palma said the incidence brought about by Jesus’ resurrection from the dead is a confirmation of his teachings passed on to the disciplines and are being preserved through faith.
Meanwhile, Cebuanos flocked to beaches in Cebu as families and friends make it as a tradition to spend their Easter Sunday in the beach.
Public beaches in the cities of Talisay and Lapu-Lapu and the town of Minglanilla, and even the coastal segment of the South Road Properties (SRP), a reclamation project of the Cebu city government, have been packed with beachgoers starting dawn of Sunday. (PNA)