Cardinal Tagle on Easter 2018: Roll away 'stones' of sin
MANILA, Philippines – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged Catholics to roll away "stones" of sin to uncover love, as when the rolling away of a stone 2,000 years ago revealed Christ's resurrection on the first Easter.
In his Easter Vigil Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Saturday, March 31, Tagle recounted the story of Mary Magdalene, Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, who went to Jesus' tomb to anoint his body, only to find his tomb unguarded and the stone rolled away.
"The dead is no longer there. God has allowed the living to come out of the tomb," Tagle said. (WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2018)
Tagle then mentioned the "stones" that Filipinos should "roll away" to live a good, faithful life.
"Mga kapatid, iyong bato ng kayabangan, alisin na para makalabas ang buhay ng kapagkumbabaan," Tagle said. (Brothers and sisters, the stone of pride, roll it away to let the life of humility come out.)
"Iyong bato ng greed o pagkaganid, alisin na nang makalabas na ang tunay na buhay ng sharing o pagbabahagi." (The stone of greed, roll it away to let the real life of sharing come out.)
"Iyong bato ng walang paggalang sa kapwa, alisin na para makalabas ang buhay ng pagdadamayan." (The stone of being disrespectful, roll it away to let the life of helping each other come out.)
"Iyong bato ng pagmamataas at pagtapak sa kapwa, alisin na nang makalabas ang bagong buhay ng pagmamahalan." (The stone of being arrogant and stepping on people, roll it away to let the new life of love come out.)
"Iyong bato ng hinanakit at paghihiganti, iurong na para makalabas na ang bagong buhay ng pagpapatawad." (The stone of resentment and revenge, roll it away to let the new life of forgiveness come out.)
Fearing an apparent resurgence of a "cold war" in international relations, Cardinal Tagle also urged people to let out "global warming" – that is, the warmth of love and communion.
If a person finds it hard to "roll away" these big stones, or if he or she wonders who can roll it down, Tagle said God "will roll the stone not to hurt us, but to let the life of Christ come out and be our life."
"Jesus is coming out of the tomb. Do not block his way. Go, meet him," added Tagle. "He is our life, He is our light. Do not be afraid. He is the rock of our salvation, and we do not need other rocks to block His coming."
Tagle ended his sermon with a question to the faithful: "Ano ang bato na kailangan kong ipaurong sa Diyos para makalabas ang buhay ni Kristo, maging buhay ko si Kristo?"
(What stone should I let God roll away to let the life of Christ come out, so that Christ can be my life?)
The Easter Vigil, seen as the longest Mass of the year, is held on Holy Saturday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The Paschal candle is lit at the start of the vigil, while converts can undergo baptism. – Rappler.com