Wednesday, 23 October 2019 07:21

Cardinal Tagle: Every baptized person is sent to a mission

“Bawat binyagan ay hindi lamang nagiging kasama ni Kristo sa bagong buhay kundi bawat binyagan ay isinisugo sa misyon”.

"Every baptized person living the life of Christ by sharing in his death and resurrection is also sent on mission," says Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during Mass for the Pista ng Misyon at the Cuneta Astrodome, on October 18, 2019.
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Speaking in front of 8,300 people in attendance to the "Pista ng Misyon" held at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay last October 18, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle stressed that every baptized person is also sent on mission and not only ordained and consecrated.

With the theme “Baptized and Sent”, the Pista ng Mission was in line with the Holy Father’s declaration of October 2019 as Extraordinary Missionary month in celebration of the centenary of the promulgation of Pope Benedict XV’s Apostolic Letter "Maximum Illud" – an important papal document about mission.

In his homily, Cardinal Tagle cited important points about the mission.

A Personal Encounter with Jesus

To become a missionary of Christ, one should have a personal encounter with him which means that one should have a deeper knowledge and experience of Christ.

“This is a requirement for growth in Baptism and in mission.  Do I know Jesus? Have I encountered him and what am I doing in order to deepen my knowledge of Jesus,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Mission is Fundamentally Witnessing

Those who are baptized are called to become missionaries who have experienced a personal encounter with Jesus and become witnesses to Christ in word and deed.

“Mission in word, in deed, in my relationship, even in my silence is witnessing to Christ and to witness to Christ means bearing the cross, bearing the cross especially the cross of helplessness. When you love, you are helpless.” 

Mission of Charity

The mission of Christ is a mission of charity and this is expressed in our love for our neighbor as well in our environment.

The Cardinal during the gathering also asked the faithful to remember in their prayers those who were greatly affected by the earthquake that hit Mindanao last October 16 with magnitude of 6.3. He also led those who were gathered to remember those who escaped from Syria and have nowhere to go because of the continued bombings. Kenya, was also remembered as it still experiences severe drought.

The Cardinal also urged the faithful to be missionaries for the environment. 

“Ang kalikasan ay nalalapastangan at pag ang kalikasan ay namatay, ang tao nanganganib din ang buhay,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Present also during the event were the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines, Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines President Romulo Valles, who is also the Archbishop of Davao. 

Pista ng Misyon was organized by the Commission on Mission of the Archdiocese of Manila in coordination with the Pontifical Missionary Society in the Philippines headed by Rev. Msgr. Esteban Lo. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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