Mission Society of the Philippines

Easter 2022

by Fr. Jonathan Germinanda, MSP


2022 EASTER MESSAGE

 

Easter - Hope in Crisis and Suffering

 

“Why do you seek the living one among the dead?

He is not here but he has been raised.” (Luke 24:5-6)

 

Finally, after two years that the Lenten and Easter celebrations have been mostly, if not totally, celebrated and followed by the faithful through online streaming, this year marks a return to our traditional Holy Week celebrations, when the Catholic faithful gather in churches to participate in the liturgical activities as we commemorate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.   It is heartwarming to see how people now flock to churches and physically take part in the Lenten activities beginning from Palm Sunday leading to the Paschal Triduum.  It is not just that we have missed doing and taking part in these traditional practices, but more than ever, it shows that faith continues to thrive in the midst of crisis and suffering.  As we commemorate these holiest of events in our Christian faith, once again we are called to renew our faith to the one who has promised us the assurance of victory over suffering and death. 

 

Indeed, just like the disciples, who after the tragic events that happened on Good Friday witnessing the cruel death of our Lord, we too, continue to encounter the same face of suffering and death.  We too find ourselves in the same disconsoling situation that the disciples found themselves in.  Just as the Covid-19 pandemic seemed to be waning, we were recently alarmed by the sudden invasion of Russia on Ukraine.  For weeks now we have been watching helplessly as countless of innocent lives are lost and the threat of a world war seems to loom in the distant.  Here at home, we continue to face the same threats to people’s lives brought by natural calamities. 

 

Amidst all these, where can we Christians turn to find hope?  Just like the disciples, we are given this question: “Why do you seek the living one among the dead?  He is not here but he has been raised.”

 

He is risen!  Our Lord is alive!  If we truly believe this, if our faith is founded on this truth, we will find hope amidst the present situation and together with all the men and women of faith who brave this battle against suffering and death, as missionaries we accompany the people in faith knowing that in the end these shall all be won by the One who is Life.

 

May we place our hope again in the risen Christ this Easter and truly encounter him in our communities as we strive to become signs and witnesses of His peace, love and forgiveness.   

A BLESSED EASTER TO US ALL!

 

Fr. Jonathan N. Germinanda, MSP

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