Monday, 20 January 2020 09:00

Cardinal Tagle: Be Humble like the Child Jesus


His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle presided the 9th Novena Mass for the Feast of Santo Niño at Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish on January 18, 2020, at 6 p.m.
 

In his homily, Cardinal Tagle expressed how Jesus, the Child of God humbled himself even though he became the savior of the world.

"Sino yang bata na ating tutularan sa paghahari ng Diyos? Walang iba kundi si Hesus. Siya na nanatiling bata kahit na siya’y trenta anyos, trentaý tres anyos. Siya ay anak ng Diyos. Bilang sanggol, bilang hindi na sanggol, nanatili siyang bata, anak ng Diyos. Sa kanya nakikita ang paghahari ng Diyos Ama. At kung ibig nating mapabilang sa paghaharing yan, maging bata tulad ng bata at anak na si Hesus,” the Cardinal said.

His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle l Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC
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Cardinal Tagle stressed that as a child of God, humility is one of the characters that a Christian must possess.

“Sa mundo ang pagiging dakila ay paangat ka ng paangat. Hanggang pang ang layu layo mo na sa iyong mababang pinagmulan. Mas malayo ka na mas dakila ka. E, pero kay Hesus ang dakila ay yaung hindi nahihiya na makiisa sa mga bata, sa mga mabababa,” he said.

The newly appointed Prefect for the Congregation of Evangelization of Faith ended his homily by asking the faithful to continue to include in their prayers all the people who were affected by the eruption of Taal Volcano.

“Marami siguro sa kanila nag-i-struggle kaya ang atin pong pagdiriwang, ipanalangin natin sila at alam ko sa naririnig nating mga kwento galing sa kanila sila pa ang magtuturo sa ating papaano tumulad kay Hesus. Maging bata umaasa sa ama,” he said.

“Tumahimik po tayo sandali at makiisa tayo sa mga kapatid natin sa Batangas, sa Cavite, sa Laguna na ngayon ay lumikas o tumatanggap ng mga evacuees,” he added.

In the afternoon, before the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the Buling-Buling Festival was held. It is a religious and cultural event celebrated annually in Pandacan, Manila on the third Sunday of January, in time with the town's fiesta to give honor to Santo Niño. It is a festival of street dancing where Pandaqueños are well-dressed in traditional Filipino costumes along the streets of Pandacan accompanied by a marching band. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno and Jheng Prado/RCAM_AOC) 

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