Salubong at UST (Photo by Basilio H. Sepe, published by ABS-CBN News on March 27, 2016)
Here is the Easter message of our spiritual director and parish priest, Fr. Louie R. Coronel, OP.
The Gospel of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath (Mt 28:5). An angel told them “Do not be afraid!” for “He has been raised from the dead, and indeed He is going ahead of you to Galilee” (v. 7). The women quickly departed and on the way, Jesus Himself met them and said: “Do not fear; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there, they will see me” (v.10). There is a sense of urgency for the Lord went ahead and the women quickly departed. It is a compelling journey from doubt into faith, from desperation into hope, from fear into love. And it all began with God’s immeasurable love for us and our willingness to take the first step towards the tomb no matter how painful it might be.
From the tomb, we are directed to move to Galilee, from the place of death to the place of the living with a tall order “Do not fear!” Galilee is the place where the disciples first met Jesus, where they heeded His call and followed Him (cf. Mt 4:18-22). To return to Galilee does not only mean to reminisce an event but to rekindle the love of God that never wavered in spite of our weakness, our sinfulness, our desertion, our denial and our betrayal.
As one parish, we have reflected on the passion and death of our Lord during the Holy Week, but the journey does not stop there. We continue to reflect on the Supreme love of God in His Resurrection. The Easter joy can never be taken from us no matter how difficult our journey might have been. We must encounter the Lord in our Galilee, in our life, and we should not delay.
Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, OP Parish Priest, Santísimo Rosario Parish University of Santo Tomás, Manila
Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominican Group
Santísimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomás
España Boulevard, Manila 1015 Philippines