Embrace suffering as a path to salvation, says Bishop Pabillo

“Kailangang pasanin ang ating krus. Ang krus ay tanda ng kahirapan at kahihiyan. At sumunod sa Kanya. Diyan natin makukuha ang kaligtasan.”

This was what Taytay Apostolic Vicar Broderick Pabillo said to the faithful as he expounded the readings and the Gospel on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 12.

In his homily, Bishop Pabillo stressed that suffering is a way of salvation like how Jesus sacrificed Himself in the cross.

He reminded everyone that in the midst of any problems, always trust Jesus as He is present in all storms to make meaning of one’s hardships.

“Nasusubok ang pagtiwala kung tayo ay nasa gitna ng bagyo. Ang Diyos ay nandiyan din sa gitna ng bagyo.  Siya ay nandiyan din sa gitna ng kahirapan. Suffering is not the absence of God.  Kaya nga si Jesus ay nanatili sa krus upang bigyang kabuluhan ang mga kahirapan na dinaraan natin.  Ang kahirapan pala ay paraan ng kaligtasan,” he said.

Citing the current situation in our country, the bishop of Palawan’s second apostolic vicariate pointed out that choosing abortion, extra-judicial killings, euthanasia and suicide are instant escapes from suffering and a sign of vulnerability and defeat from Satan.

The former Manila Apostolic Administrator also emphasized the implications of becoming neutral in times of iniquity.

“Sa harap ng kasamaan, ang hindi pagtutol dito ay ang pag-sang-ayon na dito.  Walang neutral ground sa harap ng kasamaan. Labanan mo ito o sang-ayon ka na rito. Sinabi ng Diyos sa Book of Revelation: “Dahil sa ikaw ay hindi malamig at hindi naman mainit, isusuka kita.”  Maraming salita ang kaugnay sa maligamgam – walang kibo, apathetic, indifferent, complacent, mediocre, walang pakialam. Mag-ingat tayo. Ayaw naman nating isuka tayo ng Diyos,” Bishop Pabillo explained. (Lem Leal Santiago|File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

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