TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, March 27, 2016 – Archdiocesan oeconomus and Sto. Niño Parish co-pastor Fr. Wilson Chu challenged the faithful to make God feel their love.
He posed these questions: “Do you love God? Do you think that God feels that you love Him? If yes, why are you still [behaving badly]? Why is it that we cannot give ourselves to God? Why is it that we cannot change our lives? Is it what God really deserves?”
Chu, who miraculously recovered from dengue in time for the Paschal Triduum last week, called on the attendees of the Easter vigil to value Christ’s Passion and death.
Offering to Jesus
“Christ sacrificed his being a God for us,” he exclaimed with a challenge.
“What is it that we can offer to Him?”
The priest added: “The joy we have right now comes from that triumphant love of God [who] never gives up in spite of what we have done [and] continues to believe in us in spite of our persistent sinning.”
Chu likewise called on the people to continue being a light to others, to offer themselves to others like Jesus did, and to value relationships “because we are aware of their (other people’s) sacrifices for us.”
Underscoring the fact that “Easter is about joy after pain,” SNP co-parish priest Fr. Ronel Taboso stressed the significance of welcoming Easter through participation in the Easter vigil, dubbed the “Mother of all Vigils” for Catholics.
More important than Christmas
Easter, he said, is far more important than all the liturgical celebrations in the Roman Catholic Church, including Christmas and feast days.
Taboso was likewise blessed to have been discharged from hospital confinement in time for the Paschal Triduum, like Chu.
Archbishop John Du led the Easter vigil at the Metropolitan Palo Cathedral.
On Maundy Thursday, he washed the feet of several individuals as part of the traditional reenactment of Christ’s washing of feet of his disciples during Last Supper. (Eileen N. Ballesteros / CBCP News)