Friday, 19 April 2019 16:59

Cardinal Tagle leads Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal led the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday at the Manila Cathedral, on April 18, 2019.

“We come together anointed by the spirit with our different gifts. Let us come together as a consecrated people, as a people set apart, as a priestly people, and we ordained are called to serve the priestly people to awaken the priestly consecration of all the baptized. That is our ministry, not to take over and say ‘we are the only priests’, we belong to the common priesthood the common consecration of the baptized and the ministers as ministers we served the awakening, the blossoming of that consecration, Cardinal Tagle said.

Cardinal Tagle blesses the Chrism oils on Holy Thursday at the Manila Cathedral on April 18, at 7 a.m. 
Photo by: Maricar Santos / RCAM-AOC

In his homily, Cardinal Tagle mentioned a few challenges that young people are facing nowadays. 

“Many young people live their lives in bad news, hindi makatapos ng pag-aaral, kulang sa pera. Yung nakatapos wala namang mahanap na trabaho, yung iba binu-bully “ang pangit mo, ang taba mo, ayaw kitang kaibigan, nakakahiya kang kasama, ayus ayusin mo yang mukha mo para maging kaibigan kita,” Cardinal Tagle said.

“Alam po ninyo may mga bata na ayaw ng pumasok dahil mabu-bully sila. May mga bata nag-iisip magpakamatay na lang kasi ang pakiramdam nila ‘walang nagmamahal sa akin’. Minsan ang mga magulang din po masyadong matatayog ang mga hinihingi “92 ang grade mo? 92? 92 lang? hindi mo ba alam na may 93, 94 bakit 92 lang? sayang ang pinag-aral ko sayo 92 ka lang pala,” he said.

 “So many young people never hear good news they only hear criticism. They only hear their incapacity to meet the expectations, expectations which are not realistic,” he added.

Despite these, Cardinal Tagle stressed that the young people are also consecrated and anointed by the Holy Spirit and that they have a role in the evangelization of the faithful.

“We are consecrated anointed by the Spirit. Parents, teachers, peers go live your consecration. Proclaim Good News. Ang dami dami na, na tagapagdala ng bad news, fake news, hate speech. We, today all the consecrated, all the baptized bearing the Holy Spirit will say ‘I will not deliver fake news, hates speech, I am consecrated by the spirit, I will bring good news to the poor and the suffering,’” Cardinal Tagle said.

After delivering his homily, Cardinal Tagle led the renewal of the vocation of priests and the blessing of oils that will be used in administering, baptism, confirmation, and anointing of the sick.

The Archdiocese of Manila also gave special recognition to those 11 Jubilarians of the archdiocese who celebrated their 25th, 50th, 60th, and 65th in the priesthood. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

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