Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
Yesterday was Easter Sunday, considered the most triumphant feast being celebrated by Christians the world over. On that day, our Lord Jesus Christ, who had been sent by His heavenly Father to come to us as a human being, and stayed in our midst, marked His return from the tomb in fulfillment of the Scriptures.
Easter Sunday comes after several agonizing days when Jesus Christ, after having been welcomed into Jerusalem with hosannas and great rejoicing, ended up before Pontius Pilate, accused by the very same people who had welcomed Him of being a traitor to their nation, by declaring his opposition to the payment of taxes to Augustus Caesar, and calling Himself the Messiah.
Pilate, a coward, and a typical politician even for those times, could not condemn Him, even saying he found nothing wrong against Jesus, but, because of the crowd pressure, and the insistent calls to crucify Him, gave in, and left them to deal with Him as they wished.
Then followed the humiliation and suffering of Jesus, who was beaten, mocked and crowned with thorns before being made to carry a heavy cross on the march to the hill in Calvary where He was to be crucified.
We all know how our Lord was tortured before being nailed to the cross where he finally died. Yesterday, Easter Sunday, we could, perhaps, compare our condition as our own resurrection from the Calvary that our country and people have gone through in the past months. We had the pain of discovering that many of our trusted officials had betrayed our trust. We had seen how our people suffered from calamities and extreme poverty. We saw the horrible massacre of our policemen in Mamasapano – all of which seemed to be a sort of Calvary for our people and our faith.
But our joyful celebration of Easter, when Jesus triumphantly rose from the dead, giving us assurance of how we can deserve eternal happiness by following His teachings, this time should raise our hope that all those problems and sufferings will be behind us, and we can live to be worthy of the sacrifice He had made.*