Corona: Easter began with the story of persecution

Posted at 04/08/2012 1:46 PM | Updated as of 04/09/2012 7:06 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Chief Justice Renato Corona, who is facing an impeachment trial, took the time to reflect on the message of Easter.

In his Easter Sunday message, Corona said: “Easter is a story of patience, perseverance and faith. It began when the chief priests and other leaders plotted against the Son of God leading to His arrest, mockery, trial and crucifixion.”

He said the persecution of Christ reflects what people go through nowadays “where the temple of justice is shaken by tectonic plates of political expediency, and in a government where leaders take away the rights of others to give in to the demands of the mob.”

Corona added: “The sufferings caused by such injustice by complicity, trial by publicity and conviction by popular opinion seem like dark thunderstorm clouds.  But in the end, it will still be between us and our Creator, just like the time of the Son of Man when He called on His Heavenly Father.”

In Malacanang, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte gave a short message: “We’re not aware that the Chief Justice traditionally releases an Easter message. Having said that, no comment.”

This is not the first time that the chief justice gave an Easter message, which is something similar to the tradition of other government officials. His Easter message today is given more meaning, however, because of the trial that he alleged was the handiwork of Malacanang.

Corona added further, “The sacrifice of Christ is a timely reminder to value our ideals
and principles to the point of risking everything for them.”

He added: “The message of a Risen Christ gives us strength, hope and solace. This occasion therefore is a welcome opportunity for us to reaffirm our courage and thank the Almighty for His unceasing grace as we face an unknown tomorrow and uncertain future.”

He said the promise of Easter gives the people the resolve to “overcome hate and division and help us tread the path of peace and faith towards a society free from poverty, violence and injustice.”