By Bp. Broderick Pabillo.
Easter is the greatest event for all humankind. It is the triumph of God’s love over evil and death. Jesus’ death on the cross is the greatest love that can be offered.
Homily delivered by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas at the Mass of Holy Chrism on Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019 at Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral, Dagupan City
Fr. Roy Cimagala
“After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb” (Mt 28:1). We can picture them as they went on their way…
Today the Church repeats, sings, shouts: “Jesus is Risen!”. But why is this? Peter, John, the women went to the Sepulchre and it was empty. He was not there.
Jesus was having supper with them, the Last Supper, and as the Gospel says, he “knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father” (Jn 13:1).
“Return to me with all your heart… return to the Lord” (Jl 2:12, 13). The prophet Joel makes this plea to the people in the Lord’s name. No one should feel excluded: “Assemble the aged, gather the children, even infants at the breast, the bridegroom… and the bride” (v. 16).
Vatican Basilica, Holy Thursday, 13 April 2017
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Lk 4:18).
Vatican Basilica – Holy Thursday, 24 March 2016
After hearing Jesus read from the Prophet Isaiah and say: “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Lk 4:21), the congregation in the synagogue of Nazareth might well have burst into applause.
Celebration of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Saint Peter’s Square XXXI World Youth Day Sunday, 20 March 2016 Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (cf. Lk 19:38), the crowd of Jerusalem exclaimed joyfully as...