Friday, 15 February 2019 09:47

27th World Day of the Sick calls for a culture of generosity


The Archdiocese of Manila celebrated the 27th World Day of the Sick with a Mass presided by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo at The Manila Cathedral on February 11, 2019, commemoration of the Our Lady of Lourdes.

In his homily during the Mass, Bishop Pabillo focused on generosity which is the message of his Holiness Pope Francis for the observation of World Day of the Sick 2019.

“Tanggapin natin generously ang biyaya ng buhay kahit na tayo’y may karamdaman, nandyan yung biyaya ng Diyos na ibinigay sa atin. At maging generous din tayo sa pag-aalay ng ating nararamdaman sa Diyos,’ Bishop Pabillo said.

World Day of the Sick 2019 (Photo by Lauren Camille Jaring / RCAM-AOC)

The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Pope John Paull II on May 13, 1992. It has been celebrated every year in different places .

This year, it has been celebrated in Kolkota in India with the theme, “You received without payment; give without payment” (Mt. 10:08)

Talking about generosity to the poor, Bishop Pabillo reflected on Saint Mother Teresa’s pure love and care for the poor especially the sick. This woman from Calcutta is a symbol of charity who had expressed and shown God’s love and mercy to mankind.

“Kaya yan po nakita natin ang halimabawa ni Mother Teresa na talagang ibinigay niya ang kanyang sarili sa mga taong mahihirap, sa mga taong nangagailangan, sa mga may sakit upang pangalagaan, ipadama sa kanila ang pag-ibig ng Diyos,” Bishop Pabillo said.

“At yan ay isang larawan ng Diyos na nagmamahal sa kanila. At yan din po matututnan natin. Iparamdam sa iba ang pagmamahal ng Diyos na hindi  tayo pinapabayaan ng Diyos. Magandang mensahe po iyan para sa ating lahat,” he added.

Commending the volunteers’ patience and dedication to serving the people in need especially the sick, Bishop Pabillo also called on them to be more generous in their mission.

“Ang kanilang pagtitityaga, ang kanilang pasensiya, pag-aalaga sa mga may karamdaman. At yan po nararamdaman ng maraming tao, ang kamay ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ng kamay ng mga nag-aalaga sa kanila,” Bishop Pabillo said.

At the end of his homily, Bishop Pabillo further explained the essence of forgiveness that gives us peace and frees us from sin.

“Pero alam po natin na may kaugnayan ang nararamdaman ng ating katawan at ang kalagayan ng ating kaluluwa. Maraming dahilan ng ating karamdaman sa katawan ay ang ating kakulangnan ng kapayapaan sa ating kaluluwa dahil po sa kasalanan. Kaya nandyan yung pagpapatawad ng kasalanan,” Bishop Pabillo said.

Aside from the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the Archdiocese of Manila marked the event with the anointing of the sick and a medical mission in Sto. Niño de Baseco in Port Area, Manila.

The event was in coordination with the Archdiocese of Manila-Ministry on Health Care headed by Fr. Manuel Abogado III and the Philippine Association Sovereign Military Order of Malta. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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