TO be like Jesus Christ, may we overcome our personal transgressions and be truly “resurrected” by renewing ourselves, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said.
In his Easter Sunday message, the archbishop likened Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and suffering to some of the country’s trials.
“We have a rich land and seas bountiful of natural resources, and yet why are we poor? We are a country that is blessed with strong family ties but why are there drug addicts and some are buried in vice?” Palma said.
The archbishop concluded Holy Week with the Sugat or reenactment of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Easter Mass at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral at dawn yesterday.
The 68-year-old prelate said that some people remained slaves to their own sin, and called upon the faithful to pray for a renewal of attitudes. He urged everyone to reflect on the Lenten message, that one can overcome transgressions by leaning on God.
Before the Easter Mass, the archbishop and parishioners of the Cathedral observed the Sugat held outside the church at 4 a.m. Members of the Sandiego dance troupe led by Val Sandiego provided a presentation. Religious activities related to the Easter Triduum were organized in the Cathedral to help Catholics reflect on the Lenten season. (JKV)