In his homily delivered during the Good Friday celebration of the Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion at the Manila Cathedral, Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, asked families who cannot come to be physically present in the celebration of the Holy Mass to honor the cross in their respective homes.
“Pagkatapos ng homiliya, tayo ay magpaparangal sa krus. Hindi kayo makakapunta sa simbahan para halikan si Hesus na nakapako sa krus. Pero may mga crucifixes naman tayo sa inyong mga bahay,” Bishop Pabillo said.
“Huwag kayong mahiya na isa isang lumapit sa krus, lumuhod sa krus sa inyong mga tahanan. Hipuin ang krus, yakapin ang krus ng buong pagmamahal at pasasalamat sa Panginoon,” he added.
The Bishop also encouraged the faithful to spend some time reflecting on the cross as the sacrifice of Christ which became an instrument of his love for mankind.
“And the rest of the day until tomorrow, you can light a candle in front of the crucifix and spend some time in meditation in front of the crucifix. Allow the cross of Jesus to speak to you. Ang krus ay isang aklat na maraming sasabihin sa atin. Let us spend some time just to look at it with love,” said Bishop Pabillo.
The cross, the Bishop added should not only be looked at as a symbol of Christ’s suffering. The cross also serves as an assurance that God will not forsake us.
“Kaya habang tinitignan natin ang krus, hindi lang tayo nalulungkot kay Hesus, tayo’y nagpapasalamat, ganun kalaki ang Kanyang pag-ibig sa atin. Kaya ito po’y isang assurance sa atin na hindi tayo pababayaan ng Diyos,” he said.
The Apostolic Administrator is also set to preside at the Easter Vigil on April 3, at 3 pm. He will also lead the celebration of the Easter Mass the following day, April 4, and will open the Jubilee Door of the Manila Cathedral, at 10 am, as part of the year-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)