MANILA, March 27, 2016— A top Philippine churchman warned the faithful against falling into the traps of “tombs” disguised as “pearly gates” to entice many people.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said the people are facing “many signs of deaths” caused by materialism, worldliness, and hunger for recognition, money and power.
Among these, he said include the tombs of vices, illegal drugs corruption, abuse of women, children and the helpless, consumerism, human trafficking, violence, among others.
“All of these, new tombs, but they are presented like they are mansions, promising a good life, a successful life— but tombs,” Tagle said.
The cardinal on Saturday evening presided over the Easter vigil Mass at the Manila Cathedral, with more than 2,000 churchgoers in attendance.
Christians around the world marked the greatest feast of the Church calendar today as they remember Jesus Christ’s resurrection.
In his homily, Cardinal Tagle stressed that these tombs does not only mean death due to poverty, hunger and wars but also “death of cultures.”
“The death of profound wisdoms being killed by superficiality and cultures that pretend to be superior,” he said.
But Tagle concluded his homily with a message of hope, saying that “love and hope prevail” as long people search for Jesus and have seen and proclaim the power of His resurrection.
“Easter is a time to look for Jesus. Those who look for Jesus will find Jesus,” he also said. “What are we looking for? It it Jesus? Ask your heart.”
“Jesus is truly risen. Let us search for him. We will find him. He will find us, and go to the rest of the world telling the Good News,” Tagle said.
The Easter service, which started with Tagle holding a candle while entering the hushed and darkened cathedral, included a baptism of four catechumens. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)