Friday, 10 April 2020 12:12

May our Hunger for Jesus make us eager to go to Mass again and Receive Holy Communion


At the Holy Mass during the Celebration of the Lord's Supper last April 9, 2020, which was livestreamed from The Manila Cathedral, His Excellency Broderick S. Pabillo, the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila meditated on “living” the Holy Mass.

The Bishop pointed out the irony of this year’s celebrations of Holy Thursday of Lord's Last Supper in the midst of the COVID-1. The mass is celebrated that people may partake of the Lord’s Body, as embodied by the Holy Eucharist, and yet because of the pandemic the faithful are not be able to receive Holy Communion, instead they receive Jesus through a spiritual communion.

"Tonight, the Lord Jesus gives his body to be eaten and his blood to be drunk and we cannot receive communion. This is really very extraordinary. The situation itself, itong sitwasyon na bumabalot sa atin hindi sana maging dahilan ng galit o kaya ng kalungkutan kundi maging dahilan ng malaking pananabik – tatanggapin kita Panginoon sa Banal na Komunyon sa lalong madaling pagkakataon," he said.

File Photo: Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC

This also enables the faithful to be eager in receiving Jesus in Holy Eucharist, allowing the faithful to welcome Jesus in their weary hearts, the Bishop stated. Especially when the opportunity comes that there is an immediate chance to receive Him again. In the meantime, the bishop encourages the faithful to do spiritual communion.

"’Ngunit ngayon, ngayong gabi pumasok ka sa aking puso. Alam kong mahal mo ako ibinigay mo ang sarili mo sa akin. Halika ka na pumasok ka sa buhay ko’. Ito sana ang pananabik natin sa Panginoon sa gabing ito," he added.

Bishop Pabillo appealed to the faithful that the Holy Mass, which the faithful participate online, should not be perceived as a "source of entertainment." Instead, allowing it to be a source of inspiration to live out good deeds for one another.

"Yes, the Holy mass is the offering of Jesus, but this too is the offering of each one of us. We do not just attend the Mass as we are attending a concert. Hindi lang natin ito pinanonood tulad ng pinanood ninyo ang online Mass. We do not just participate in the Mass by being there in the Mass. Not even just by answering the prayers and singing the songs. We live the Mass. Hindi lang pinanonood, hindi lang nakikiisa, isinasabuhay natin ang Banal na Misa," the bishop said.

Since families are confined in their homes, the prelate is encouraging the faithful by doing "acts of service" that focus on living love through compassion like Jesus did.

"In this way, we live the Mass. In these days, you cannot participate in the Mass in the church but you can live the Mass in your homes by living your acts of service with love just as Jesus did," he said.

Bishop Pabillo also pointed out that even the small acts of service in the house hold, disregarding any position, rank or seniority, one is able to live out the Mass as exemplified by Jesus.

"Nakikiisa tayo, isinasabuhay natin ang Misa kapag nag-se-serve tayo sa isa’t isa. Gaano man kataas ang posisiyon natin kahit na gaano man kababa ang ating pag-se-serve na iyan – paghuhugas kaya ng plato, pagwawalis ng bahay, pagpupunas ng lamesa o pagbibili ng mga patis at mga gulay. Yang service na iyan, yan po ang pagsasabuhay natin ng Banal na Misa," he said. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish)

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