“Do not refuse to understand Jesus’ words”, says Cardinal Advincula

“Baliktad ba talaga ang mundo o duwag at takot lang kaming sundin Ka at mamuhay ayon sa salita Mo?”

This was what Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula emphasized before the faithful on the celebration of the first anniversary of “I-ThirstDay” program of the Minor Basilica and National Shrine of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo, Manila on March 21, 2024.

Citing the Gospel where Jesus talked to the Jews, he stressed that there are people who either refuse to accept and understand Jesus because it was “really just too much for them.”

“Baliktad ang mundo ni Hesus para sa kanila.  Hindi nila ito matanggap dahil nangangahulugan ito ng pagbaliktad din ng kanilang mundo. Mahalin ang kaaway. Patawarin ang mga umuusig. Ang nais na maging dakila [ay] dapat magpakumbaba.  Ang una’y huli, ang huli ay una.  Mapapalad ang mga dukha. Mapapalad ang mga inuusig,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“Panginoon, baliktad ba talaga ang mundo Mo o baliktad lang talaga ang pamumuhay namin? Takot kasi kaming magmahal ng aming kaaway. Puno pa kasi kami ng galit upang patawarin ang mga umuusig sa amin.Hirap kaming talikuran ang kayamanan, katanyagan at kapangyarihan upang mamuhay nang mapagpakumbaba at manalig lamang sa Iyong kabutihan,” he added.

The archbishop of Manila also pointed out people’s refusal to listen to Jesus, instead, preferred to be first and convenient rather than being the last, to live poor, and avoid being oppressed.

As Christians all over the world prepare for the observance of the Most Holy Week, Cardinal Advincula urged the faithful to take the opportunity to listen to Him and ask Him to heal their fears as they fully accept salvation and the gift of renewal brought by His resurrection.

“Ilang araw na lang bago mag-Mahal na Araw, muli nating pakinggan ang tinig ng Panginoon, hilingin nating hilumin Niya ang ating takot at pagiging duwag upang matanggap natin ang alok niyang pagliligtas at malugod nating matanggap ang pagpapanibagong handog ng kanyang Muling Pagkabuhay,” he stated.

Started last year by Quiapo Church’s former parochial vicar and the current administrator of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, Rev. Fr. Hans Magdurulang, I-ThirstDay is a social service program every Thursday morning, which aims to take care of the poor, not just physically but also spiritually. (Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo from Quiapo Church Facebook Page)

 

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