“We are called to go out, to quit our comfort zones, and go out to preach the Lord. Just as Christ left the Father and came out into the world, we too are called to go out into the world.”
This was the homily of His Eminence Mario Cardinal Grech, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, as he defined ‘existemi’ in the Christian context as ‘Christ-centered’ as one of the key elements of Evangelization in the modern world.
Cardinal Mario Grech celebrated the Holy Eucharist for the second day of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE X) last January 20, 8:30 in the morning, which was held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, España, Manila.
The Cardinal pointed out how listening enables the faithful to understand and deeply confront the truth about themselves.
“We may believe whatever we want about ourselves, but nothing can erase reality. Thank God that there are others around us. Through their comments, they help us better understand who we really are. They help us get out of our bubble of illusions. The people around us help us understand who we really are,” he said.
Cardinal Grech stated that the Christians of today not only experienced being unafraid of being good followers of the teachings of Christ but also have embraced the vitality of discovering their own mission.
“It is because we were struck by his words. It is because we are amazed by what he said and did. It is this amazement that pushed the first apostles to leave everything and follow Jesus. It is this same amazement that pushes us to follow the Lord and go out to let other people know about him,” he added.
The Holy Mass was followed by a series of concurrent workshops from various tracks such as Catechism, BEC, Family, Clergy and Youth. Also, Audiam Sessions were conducted after the workshops wherein participants are given a platform to express themselves in their views towards a Synodal path. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC)