QUEZON City, April 23, 2015 – Everything changed when God became Man, in fact, Jesus changed what it’s like to be human.
“Even wounds become beautiful when we’re with Jesus…Jesus made being human beautiful,” said Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during his Easter recollection on April 19 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao Quezon City.
Speaking to an estimated 9,000 people, the prelate called on the faithful to tell the world how Jesus had made their personal lives beautiful.
“Do you know someone who is enveloped by fear? Sing to him of Jesus. Tell him that Jesus is real. Tell him about the beautiful things he has done in your life,” he added.
According to Tagle, this beauty of Jesus that changes lives should be shared to as many people as possible.
“In a world of negativity, let us point to the beautiful. Let it be our mission,” the prelate stressed.
Not an easy life
According to Tagle, living out this beauty of the Christian life, however, should not be equated with a life free of difficulties.
“[Jesus] did not a promise an easy life…He did not promise [a] smooth and successful mission. In fact, he told them, he is sending [the disciples] as sheep in the midst of wolves. But he made a promise: ‘I will be with you till the end of time,’” the prelate explained.
Tagle added: “This promise assured the disciples then even when they were brought to court and put to death. They became courageous because they knew Jesus is Emmanuel forever: God is with us.”
In closing one of his reflections that day, he said ultimately, only love conquers fear and believing in Jesus’ presence is the key to deepening one’s faith.
The prelate’s yearly Easter recollection is made possible by Jesuit Communications. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz/CBCPNews)