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Cardinal Tagle says: Peace, Love, and Unity on feast of Nazareno

Photo by: Eric Paul Guanlao

"Pag-ibig ang buklod ng pagkakaisa."

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle spoke of this year's theme of the feast of the Black Nazarene as his message to a sea of devotees attending the midnight Mass on Monday, January 9 at the Quirino Grandstand.

In his homily, Cardinal Tagle reminded the faithful that peace, love, and unity cannot be achieved if there is wall that divides the country.

He also added that the people should not be too quick to place judgment because all of us have sinned and have shares of wrong doings.

Kasi po ang pagkakahati-hati kalimitan bunga ng paghuhusga, sila mali, ako tama, magkaiba kami, kayo marumi, ako malinis, magkaiba tayo. Kayo baluktot ang isip, ako maliwanag ang isip, magkaiba tayo. At kapag ganyan ng ganyan tayong maabot na pagkakaisa dahil walang kakayahang sabihin hindi naman tayo iba," Cardinal said.

His homily also focused on the two characteristics of love Jesus the Nazarene showed during his baptism: a love that treats his brother like his own self and a love that is selfless.

He pointed out the virtue of humility Jesus showed to the sinners and when He allowed himself to be baptized by John the baptist even He was born without original sin.

"Hindi niya ikinahiya na makilala at makita na kasama ng mga aba, ng mga kinukutya dahil sila'y makasalanan,"
he said.

Hinding hindi niya iyon ikinahiya. Ipinadama niya sa kanila: 'Hindi kayo naiiba sa akin. Nandito ako para maging kaisa ninyo,'" he added.

At the end of the Mass, Msgr. Hernando Coronel, Rector of Quiapo Church thanked the fiesta committee: Quiapo Church, Manila City Hall with Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada as Hermano Mayor, MMDA, NDRRMC-OCD, PNP-NCR, NCRPO-MPD, Philippine Coast Guard, DPWH, DOH, National Park's Development Committee, Bureau of Fire Protection, DSWD, and RCAM Ministry on Environment and Disaster Response.

He also commended National Security adviser, Hermogenes Esperon; Crowd Management Consultant Martin Aguda, Jr.; and the Quiapo Barangay Chairmen and Officers and all those who volunteered to the fiesta celebration.

The long procession of the Black Nazarene started at past five in the morning from Luneta to Quiapo. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)