Thursday, 20 December 2018 06:36

Like Mary, obey God’s plan


On the feast of the Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12, Cardinal Tagle urged the young people to imitate Mary’s obedience to the plan of the Lord.

“Kay Maria, makikita natin ang halimbawa hindi lamang para sa kabataan kundi para sa ating lahat. Isang tao na laging handang makinig sa Diyos upang hindi ang kalooban ko lamang kundi ang kalooban ng Diyos ang syang matupad at kalooban ng Diyos ang gagawin kong pangarap ko,” Cardinal Tagle said during Mass held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Makati.

Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao

Reflecting on the Gospel of Luke, Cardinal Tagle shared how obedient Mary was to the Lord. She was already engaged to Joseph, a descendant of David when Angel Gabriel appeared to her and told her that she will conceive in her womb and will bear a son and will be named Jesus. The Holy Spirit poured upon her and the Highest overshadowed her. Though confused, Mary accepted the mission the Lord had entrusted to her. 

In this year of the Youth, Cardinal Tagle stressed the role of Mary being the light that guides the path of the young people of today who according to him is not only the future. Today, they are also considered as the present of the world. 

“Hindi lamang sila ang kinabukasan, sila na po ang present. Bakit? More than 80% ng tao sa Metro Manila ay kabataan. Kaya ang quality ng kabataan, yan din ang quality ng ating lipunan at ng ating simbahan. Kaya mahalin natin sila, gabayan natin sila. Pakinggan natin sila at hanggang abot ng ating kaya makipaglakbay kasama nila upang tulad ni Maria, sila rin makapagsasabi, narito ang alipin ng Panginoon, maganap sa akin ayon sa wika mo,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Also in his homily, he encouraged the young people to always have the spirit to live and to have a positive attitude in life.

“Bahagi ng pagiging kabataan ang magkaroon ng udyok para sa tatahakin sa buhay. Huwag nating papatayin ang energy, ang zeal ng kabataan na harapin ang kanilang buhay at ang kinabukasan. Kaya mga kabataan continue dreaming,” Cardinal Tagle said.

After the encouragement he told the youth, he also urged the rest of the faithful who joined in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist to continue to support and guide the young ones as they find their purpose in life. 

“Tayo pong hindi na bata, tayo ang gumagabay sa kabataan, hindi sapat na sabihin natin, sige hanapin mo ang pangarap mo sa buhay. Kasama ng pag-gabay natin sa kanila ay ang pakikinig, ihanda natin silang makinig sa Salita ng Diyos. Makinig sa Diyos sapagkat sa bandang huli ang Diyos ang siyang magtatakda ng tunay na pakay ng ating buhay,” cardinal Tagle said.

The feast of the Our Lady of Guadalupe also marked the 17th anniversary of the Episcopal ordination of Cardinal Tagle. (Jheng Manalang Prado / RCAM-AOC)

 

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