Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided the celebration of the Holy Eucharist at the Manila Cathedral last November 15, 2021, to mark the 5th World Day of the Poor.
The event was spearheaded by the Commission on Social Services of the archdiocese headed by Fr. Enrico Martin Adoviso.
Before the celebration of the Holy Mass at noon, several partner beneficiaries of the ministries under the Commission had a dialogue with the Cardinal. Among them were persons with disabilities, housing healthcare workers, volunteers and the labor sector
In his homily, Cardinal Advincula reminded the faithful to be humble and admit that they are also poor because in one way or the other we also need help from other people and especially from the Lord. It is also how we are able to empathize with the poor, aware that we ourselves are poor, and will not resort to exploiting them.
“Ang paggunita ng World Day of the Poor ay nagpapaalala sa atin na ang bawat isa sa atin ay dukha. We are all poor in one way or the other. Lahat tayo ay dukha dahil lahat tayo ay may pangangailangan. Walang tao na walang pangangailangan. Walang tao na nasa kanya na ang lahat kahit na pinakamayamang tao sa mundo ay dukha pa din dahil mayroon siyang pangangailangan at kailangan niya ang iba,” Cardinal Advincula said.
In the Vatican City, His Holiness Pope Francis also celebrated Mass in commemoration of the 5th World Day of the Poor at the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy on November 14, 2021. He offered the Mass in the presence of 2,000 who are living in poverty.
In his homily, the Pontiff has asked the faithful to make “concrete gestures” that will “Stop and sow hope amid poverty. Draw near to the poor and sow hope”.
“Hope for that person, your hope and the hope of the Church. This is what is asked of us: to be, amid the ruins of the everyday world, tireless builders of hope; to be light as the sun grows dark, to be loving witnesses of compassion amid widespread disinterest; to be an attentive presence amid growing indifference. Witnesses of compassion. We will never be able to do good except by showing compassion.” said Pope Francis.
“At most, we will do good things, but they do not touch the Christian way because they do not touch the heart. What touches the heart is compassion: we draw near, we feel compassion and we perform works of tender love. That is God’s way of doing things: closeness, compassion and tenderness. That is what is being asked of us today,” he added.
The World Day of the Poor is celebrated every 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and was established by Pope Francis as he promulgated his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera on Nov. 20, 2016, to celebrate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The poor you will always have with you” (Mk 14:7). (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo Gallery)