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Dive deeper into the love of God and allow His grace to wash away our sadness and worries.

This was the message of the Grand Easter Feast 2018 dubbed “Deeper”, organized by the Light of Jesus (LOJ) community.

The event was a great opportunity to rediscover our meaningful relationship with God.

His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle of the Archdiocese of Manila led the Holy Eucharist in the morning.

Grand Easter Feast 2018

As a resurrected Church, like the apostles, it is incumbent on us to go out and proclaim the Good News. The instruction of the Risen Lord to the disciples was, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers.” (cf Mt 28:10) We do this by recovering our personal relationship with the Lord. We need to rekindle the faith of our Catholics. We need to reach out to those who are searching for God in their lives or who desire a personal relationship with Him. Faith is not just worship and doctrines. We need to express them concretely as there are many who are seeking for signs of love and welcome, a sense of identity and belonging. Photo credits: small bottle with water juxtaposed with the stage by Sis. Hannah Sharisah Marquez.

His presence was like a tight embrace from God.

He reminded everyone on the true essence of Easter in our lives.

He said that Easter was all about running.

Like the apostles when they opened the tomb, they run as fast as they can when they found out that no one was inside the tomb.

Are you letting God run your life?

Are you tired?

Are you weary?

Are you just trying to survive and stumble across the finish line?

Are you striving to give it your best?

Or are you thriving? Are you trained and prepare to run this race of life and faith well?

Para kanino ka tumatakbo? Sinong nagpapatakbo ng buhay mo?

Last year, I was in Angeles Pampanga during the Holy Week for my healing journey. Never did I think that I would participate in a Holy Week experience like in 2018.

I let go and let God guide me.

Fruitful.

Meaningful.

Empowered.

Ready to dive again with life’s many challenges.

Bring it on!

Easter, then, is the beginning of attitudes and spirits of hopes, of confidence and trust. It is our responsibility to cooperate with this wonderful grace that Jesus is offering us. Only then, can we move ahead with determination to new possibilities, as the apostles eventually did after Pentecost.

We have to confront our empty tombs and discard our burial cloths. Then we can turn them into signs of hope and new life.

Jesus’ resurrection proclaims the miraculous transformation of our earthly existence. Death has been conquered. We understand what was meant by what the early Fathers (and perhaps, Mothers) of the Church meant when they said: “Jesus became human so that we could become divine.”

We participate in the Paschal Mystery. We know and experience the cycle of life, death and new life. We know that new life is often borne in pain. We know that we can hold life and death together.

Even while something within us is dying, something new can be rising. We have to give ourselves over to God and not confine God to our human limitations.

Then we can truly proclaim with St. Augustine that “We are Easter people and ‘Alleluia is our song.’ Let us sing Alleluia here and now in this life so that we can sing it one day in the life to come.”

Let’s give up all of our negative views of ourselves. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Second, let’s listen to Jesus as he tells us that he knows how much we love him. Let’s allow these words to move us out into the world to feed his sheep.

May we all have a blessed Easter season!

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