Friday, 19 April 2019 18:35

Cardinal Tagle to young people: Believe that Jesus loves you

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle told the young people to believe that “Jesus loves you with an everlasting love.”

This was the strong message Cardinal Tagle imparted to youth especially to the 12 young people whose feet he washed during the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, April 18, 2019.

“Please, young people, believe with certainty no matter what your experience with your family has been even if one of your parents is absent, even when the stresses of life have made you doubt whether you are loved, believe Jesus loves you with an everlasting love,” Cardinal Tagle said. 

Cardinal Tagle delivers his homily during the Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday.
Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

He asked also asked the young people to turn to Jesus even when they are wounded and broken.

“Let Jesus wash you, don’t be afraid, don’t be ashamed. The world will judge you but Jesus will wash you. Wash you with his blood. That’s how precious you are to him,” Cardinal Tagle said.

He also appealed to the young to imitate what Christ did even when at the time they are also broken and wounded.

“Mga kabataan, lumabas kayo sa inyong mundo, may mga ibang mundo pa dyan. Marami ring sugatan katulad nyo. Kahit ka may sugat, huwag mong gawin ang sugat mo bilang bilangguan. Nakakulong ka na lang doon. Pahugasan mo kay Hesus ang sugat mo at pag nahugasan, lumabas ka, hugasan mo rin ang sugat ng iba,”Cardinal Tagle said.

"Be compassionate, not self-focused. Be a servant rather than wait to be served. Love others and not just expect to be loved,” he added.

The 12 young people

In celebration of the Year of the Youth, the Archdiocese of Manila has chosen these 12 young people whose feet were washed and kissed by Cardinal Tagle.

The 12 young people shared their stories of faith, hope, and love for family in a simple gathering with Cardinal Tagle before the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper took place.

Nicole Anne Perez, 23 years old and works as a call center agent.  She is an active member of the Parish Youth Ministry of San Roque Parish in Mandaluyong City.  She was appointed by Pope Francis as a participant to the 2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People.

Rafael Villegas, 22 years old, is a first year college student taking up Economics at the Universidad de Manila.  He is a volunteer of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting of the National Shrine of St. Michael and the Archangels in San Miguel, Manila.

Luna Mirafuentes, 18 years old and will vote for the first time this 2019 midterm election.  She is a member of the Parish Youth Ministry and the Ministry of Greeters and Collectors at San Fernando de Dilao Parish, Paco, Manila.  She is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration at the Rizal Technological University.  

Carlito Sapunto, suffers from cerebral palsy.  But despite this illness, he is a church volunteer at the St. Dominic Savio Parish, Mandaluyong Manila.  He is also an awarded player of the sport boccia, a ball sport played by people with disability bound by wheelchair. 

Jeffrey Ranola, 25 years old, is from Parola, Tondo, Manila.  He is a fresh graduate of BS Education from the Universidad de Manila.  He is also an active member of the Youth Ministry.

Sr. Antonisa, MC, 26 years old and a nun of the Missionaries of Charity.  She is from Bangladesh and has been in the Philippines for the past 5 years taking care of poor and abandoned children in the Alay ng Puso House in Del Pan, Binondo, Manila.

Joel Obreo, 23 years old, is from India.  He has been in Manila for 10 months now as a missionary under the Ligaya ng Panginoon Community and Christ Youth in Action.  

Janrey Nevado, 20 years old and the only child of a security guard and a housewife.  He graduated summa cum laude from De La Salle – College of St. Benilde with the degree in Business Administration, Major in Computer Applications, with specialization in Business Analytics.  He is the only summa cum laude among Benilde’s graduates this year.  

Jenezis Caliwag, 25 years old, is a staff of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church).  Being a devotee himself of the Black Nazarene, he works closely with the Hijos de Nazareno, especially with regard to their spiritual formation. He is also a campus youth animator in St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Novaliches.

Ferdinand John Azogue and Daisy Jane Azogue, both 31 years old, were married last March 30, 2019.  Ferdinand John works as a medical representative in Alabang, Muntinlupa and Daisy Jane is a hotel employee.  They firmly believe that it is their faith in God that strengthened their relationship and love for each other. 

Jinky Pelopero, 21 years old and a college student at Colegio de San Juan de Letran.  She stays with the sisters of Colegio de Santa Rosa in Intramuros.   She is an active member of the Ministry of Greeters and Collectors of the Manila Cathedral.

Before he ended his homily, Cardinal Tagle reminded those people who have the responsibility to look after the welfare of the young. 

"Para po sa mga magulang na nandito, sana maipadama ninyo sa inyong mga anak ang pagmamahal ng Diyos sa kanila para hindi sila magdududa na may Hesus na nagmamahal,”Cardinal Tagle said.

"Para po sa mga teachers, para sa mga may responsilidad sa lipunan, ang mga kabataan ay dapat gabayan hindi dapat pagsamantalahan. Ang kabataan minamahal hindi ibinebenta, nioloko at pinagku-kuwartahan,” he added.

In 2018, Cardinal Tagle washed the feet of migrants, refugees, and displaced peoples.

The Washing of the Feet is part of the Liturgy of the Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. It was at the Last Supper that Jesus washed the feet of his apostles reminding the faithful that as disciples of Christ we are called to serve others in a spirit of humility. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)


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