TWO House leaders on Saturday urged the Filipino faithful to remain hopeful and stronger to defeat all the trials, including coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), saying Christ’s resurrection should always inspire the people to continue doing good and morally upright deeds.
In their Easter message, House Majority Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and his wife, Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez lauded the sheer courage and selfless service exhibited by those at the frontline during this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing they have been practicing and emulating God and Jesus Christ’s teachings and sufferings to save the mankind.
“While we hear stories of isolation and worry, fear and anxiety, there are also stories of courage and confidence, selflessness and service – by health workers, caregivers, police and military personnel, and the countless essential workers, who in the middle of this pandemic, risk their life and safety to keep us safe and protected,” said the Romualdez couple.
The Romualdezes said prayer and worship of the Catholic faithful would help the whole world return to normalcy following COVID-19 devastation.
“At this difficult time in our nation’s history – may all people of faith – discover once more the enduring truth of the Gospel – that the darkest of circumstances will soon give way the light of the resurrection,” they pointed out.
“On the last three days of Holy Week, Christians all over the world remember Christ’s passion and death and once more recall his message of love and salvation. But the last few hours of Christ’s life was also a time of pain and suffering, grief and death. Such is the paradox of faith - that there is comfort in our difficult, joy in our sorrow, and salvation in our sin,” the Romualdezes stressed.
They also encouraged the Filipinos to further strengthen their nation-building’s commitment to make the celebration of Easter Sunday more meaningful by helping the needy and exercising humbleness and forgiveness in line with the God’s promise of eternal life and happiness.
“Let us therefore entrust all of our worries and prayers to the hands of God, and inspired by this confidence, may we remain steadfast in sharing God’s love and care with each other, especially the least in our society, so that even as we celebrate Holy Week apart from each other, may we always be a family held together by God’s embrace,” they added.
Martin Romualdez is the chairman of the powerful House committee on rules and Yedda Romualdez is the chairperson of the House committee on the welfare of children.