Do the little that we can to start change – Bishop Pabillo

Manila Auxiliary Bishop and Taytay Bishop-designate Broderick Pabillo encouraged the faithful to contribute whatever little they can for others in need.

Reflecting on last Sunday’s Gospel before the community of St. Alphonsus de Liguori Parish in Makati, Bishop Pabillo urged everyone to do little acts of kindness like what the child offered to Apostle Andrew to share to five thousand men.

“Siguro, may isang batang nakarinig ng pag-uusap tungkol sa pagkain. Kinalabit niya si Andres at inalok ang kanyang baon na limang tinapay at dalawang isda. Any thinking person would see that what he is offering is nothing. But he was not a thinking person. He was just simply generous. Ibinigay niya ang mayroon siya – at iyan ang ginamit ni Jesus upang mapakain ang limang libong tao! Anything that we have, however small, put in the hands of God, can do more than we ever expect,” he said.

The former Manila Apostolic Administrator cited the Church’s 17-year-old Pondo ng Pinoy, a 25-centavo coin a day donation campaign launched by then Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales which helped thousands of Filipinos through scholarships, feeding programs, healthcare services and even assistance for poor families who were gravely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The bishop also highlighted the rise of the many community pantries which started from a small stall at Maginhawa Street in Quezon City to provide free food to everyone who lost their livelihood due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Ang nagbibigay dito ay hindi lang malalaking kumpanya. Ordinaryong mamamayan na nagbibigay ng ilang itlog, ilang kilong gulay, ilang pirasong tinapay ay nakakatulong sa marami na matawid ang gutom. Let us do the little that we can, and if all of us do this, we can give hope to many lives. Gumawa tayo at hindi lang ipikit ang ating mata,” he said.

Bishop Pabillo also pointed out that by making small things individually, our country might attain real change especially in these times when misinformation continues to prevail as we count the months leading to the May 2022 national polls.

“May magagawa ang bawat isa sa atin, at kung ang bawat isa ay kumilos, may pagbabagong mangyayari. Kung ang bawat isa ay mag-post sa ating Facebook ng ating pananaw, hindi tayo matatalo ng mga kasinungalingan ng mga trolls, kahit may mga troll farms pa sila. Kung ang bawat isa ay magsusuri nang maayos at bumoto nang maayos, may pag-asa tayo ngayong election kahit na may pera pa sila at may propaganda machinery,” the newly-appointed head of the Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay, Palawan added.

He ended his homily by imposing a challenge to be generous so that God will build on our generosity.

“Tinutugunan Niya ang pangangailangan natin. Ang tugon Niya ay galing sa ating makakayanang iambag, kahit na maliit lang.” (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM-Binondo Church | Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo – File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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