Thursday, 30 January 2020 08:28

Cardinal Tagle Reminds Filipinos: You are Gifted, be a Gift to Others.


At the concluding  Mass of the 7th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 7), His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle reminded the participants that everyone has received gifts from God, and so everyone is also called to be a gift to others.

Delivering his homily at the conclusion of PCNE 7, Cardinal Tagle, who is newly appointed Prefect for the Propagation of Faith, reflected about the celebration of 500 Years of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.

“The gift you have received give as a gift. At tungkol din po sa paghahanda natin sa 2021, taon ng misyon. Kung papaanong dumating sa atin ang pananampalataya, ngayon naman bilang mga binyagan tayo ay inaaanyayahang ibahagi ang biyaya na ating natanggap.  The gift you have received give as a gift,” Cardinal Tagle said.

A boy hands over to Cardinal Tagle the image of Santo Niño during send-off at the 7th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization held at Smart-Araneta Coliseum on January 29, 2020. 
Photo by Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications (RCAM-AOC) l View Photogallery

Christ is the gift that everyone receives, the Cardinal pointed out. And as bearers of that gift, a Christian's mission is to spread the Word of God wherever he or she is.

“Mga kapatid, bawat isa sa atin katulad ni Hesus ay buhay sana na butil na ihahasik. Kapag kayoý napunta sa lansa-lansangan, tularan si Hesus. Kapag kayo’y napunta sa batu-batuhan, tularan si Hesus. Kapag kayoý napunta sa mga dawagan, tularan si Hesus,” he said.

To close the 2-day conference, a small image of Sto. Niño and a small container for holy water were distributed to all the participants, symbolizing the gift of baptism.

“Dahil ang 2021 yung 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity, ang tema natin ay 'Gifted to be a gift.' Yun ang misyon. Lahat tayo gifted as baptized. At ito po ay magiging sagisag mamaya. Ibibigay po ito sa bawat isa. Bawat isa ay makatatanggap….Pero ibibigay niyo sa katabi niyo at yung katabi niyo ibibigay naman sa inyo, okay? At dadasalan natin ang bawat isa. Pagka-abot po ninyo ng inyong gift sa katabi niyo paki-krusan sa noo,” he instructed.

PCNE 7 was held at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum on January 28-29, 2020 with the theme “At Sino Ang Aking Kapwa.” (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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