Saturday, 28 December 2019 16:27

The message of Christmas is Salvation


His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle led the Christmas Evening Mass at the Manila Cathedral on December 24, 2019, at 8:30 p.m.

Speaking in front of thousands of faithful attending the Mass, the newly appointed Prefect for the Evangelization of Peoples asked the faithful at the beginning of his homily for a moment of silence to pray for the safety of those who experienced the wrath of typhoon Ursula in the Visayas area during Christmas.

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“Sa simula po, ipagdasal natin yung mga kapatid natin lalu na sa Visayas at Bicol area na sa oras na ito ay nakakaramdam na ng epekto g bagyong si Ursula.  Talagang hindi natin mailalagay sa schedule ang katulad ng bagyo. Subalit sa ating pakikiisa sa kaniala, pananalangin makakarating sa kanila ang diwa ng sambayanan,” Cardinal Tagle said.

Also in his homily, Cardinal Tagle spoke of the message of Christmas which is the goodness of the Lord that brings salvation to mankind.

“Ang pasko ay tungkol sa pagliligtas ng Diyos. Ang pasko ay tungkol sa biyaya na hindi natin talagang karapat dapat na angkinin subalit kusang ibinibigay ng Diyos, ang tawag natin – kaligtasan,” he said.

Christmas according to Cardinal Tagle is saving other people and not finding joy in destroying them.

“Sometimes you ask yourself, does anybody really care about salvation? Saving others or should we just reside to the fact that our human instinct our drive is to destroy others for as long as I am comfortable. If that were the case, well, the news is, that is not Christmas. That is contrary to Christmas,” Cardinal Tagle said.

At the end of his homily, he encouraged the faithful to listen to what Christ is telling them.

“Tumahimik po tayo sandali. Tinatanong tayo ni Hesus, para saan ka ba? Sa pagliligtas ko o sa kapahamakan? Ano ang iyong itataguyod?  Salvation or damnation? Choose Christmas. Bring Christmas to its proper spirit. Choose salvation,” Cardinal Tagle said. (Jheng M. Prado / RCAM-AOC)

 

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