Tuesday, 15 January 2019 07:47

Christ’s identity and mission

“Your identity is your mission.”

This was the message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle to the faithful during the third day of Novena Mass for the Feast of Sto. Niño de Tondo on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

Photo by Cristy dela Cruz/Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño de Tondo

In his homily, Cardinal Tagle reflected on the Gospel of John. He elaborated the identity and mission of Christ that began during the time when John the Baptist baptized his cousin Jesus.

"Ang kapistahan ng pagbibinyag kay Hesus ay may dalawang mahahalagang bahagi. Pinapakilala sa atin sino si Hesus. Ang Christmas season, patuloy tayo na inaanyayahan na kilalanin si Hesus. Sino si Hesus? At ikalawa, ano ang misyon ni Hesus? At masasabi natin kung sino si Hesus at ang kaniyang misyon ay magkasama. Ang kaniyang identity at ang kaniyang misyon ay magkadikit,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Having explained how the identity and mission of Christ began, Cardinal Tagle also described Christ as the son of God who is filled with the Holy Spirit, holiness and love, and full of God’s life.

“Dahil sa pagkabinyag kay Hesus ay nakita natin kung sino siya at kung ano siya. Iyan ang kaniyang misyon sa buhay,” Cardinal Tagle said.

“Sino ba tayo? Sino ka? Sasabihin natin na ako ay binyagan. Ibig sabihin, anak ng Diyos, kapatid ni Kristo, templo ng Espiritu Santo. ‘Yun tayo. ‘Yun din ang ating misyon,” he added.

Cardinal Tagle also urged the faithful to nurture their identity because it speaks of their mission in life. He also added that being faithful to one’s mission is becoming truthful to himself.

During the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Cardinal Tagle was joined by Manila Auxilary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D. with Rev. Fr. Estelito Villegas, Parish Priest, Sto. Niño de Tondo and the clergy from the different parishes of the Vicariate of Santo Niño.

Before the celebration of the Mass ended, Cardinal Tagle announced the declaration of the Sto. Niño Parish into an Archdiocesan Shrine. He challenged the faithful to be prepared as they embrace their new identity and mission.

“Kung iyan ang identity, yan ang misyon. Kasama sa identity ay pagiging misyonera ng ebanghelisasyon,” Cardinal Tagle said. 

On February 5, 2019, the Sto. Niño de Tondo parish will be formally declared as Archdiocesan Shrine in a Mass to be led by Cardinal Tagle.

On January 30, there will be catechesis and confession. A triduum Mass will be held on February 2-4, 2019. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC and Michelle Caandoy Buenavides, Cristy M. Dela Cruz/SOCOM-Archdiocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño de Tondo)



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