Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo presides the celebrtion of the Holy Eucharist for the launching of the activities for 500 Years f Christianity. | Photo by Fatima llanza/RCAM-AOC
Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila presided over the Holy Eucharist to open the archdiocesan celebration of the 500th Anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines at the Manila Cathedral on February 6, 2021.
In his homily, Bishop Pabillo has urged the faithful to enter into “missionary mode” as they evangelize the world with Word of God, as contrasted to what many Christians have gotten used to, being only in “survival mode.”
“We open today the Year of the Mission. Let each of our community enter into the missionary mode. We go out of our comfort zone to reach out to the peripheries,” he said.
These peripheries according to the Bishop “are not just out there”. “Many times,” he added “they are around us, yet they are people whom we not yet reach”.
“They can even be those selling flowers outside our churches, those who sleep in the streets, those people for whom the church is just a building among so many buildings in the neighbourhood,” he said.
The Bishop also encouraged the faithful to be in “missionary mode” especially during this time of the pandemic.
“To leave the comfort zone is difficult. We would rather stay in our cozy and familiar situations, but Covid 19 has pushed us out of our comfort zones, whether we liked it or not,” he said.
The coronavirus according to the Bishop has also pushed the faithful into the peripheries making the Word of the Lord known to many people.
“Many of us went to the poor to distribute the Gift Certificates and ayudas, and we have realized that there are many pockets of poverty in our areas that we have not yet reached,” he said.
“A sense of solidarity among parishes have also been formed. We have parishes helping fellow parishes. This experience has bonded us more together as an archdiocese, not just as individual parishes,” he added.
The occasion also marked the 442nd anniversary of the establishment of Manila as the first diocese in the country.
Newly appointed Papal Nuncio to the Philippines joined Bishop Pabillo in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist together with the clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila.
Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko” Domagoso and Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna attended the event along with Mayor Abby Binay (Makati), Mayor Imelda Rubiano (Pasay), Mayor Carmelita Abalos (Mandaluyong) and Councilor Kit Peralta (San Juan). (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)