Faithful urged to be constantly “self-giving”

Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula urged the faithful to constantly find ways to offer oneself for others the way Jesus offered His body and blood for everybody’s salvation.

Speaking before the community of the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Manila on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 2, the archbishop of Manila elaborated how the Lord sacrificed Himself to ease all kinds of “hunger” as he cited various parables in the Bible, where He made Himself available to those in need.

“Buhay-pagbibigay ang naging buhay ni Hesus. Constant self-giving. Constant availability for others.   Hindi lang mga pisikal na gutom ang tinutugunan ni Hesus. Hindi lang tiyan o sikmura ang nagugutom, pati ang puso. We do not only hunger for food. Our heart hungers for love, acceptance, relationships. Tinugunan lahat ito ni Hesus,” he said.

He also dared those present in the Mass if they allow Christ to give life to their lives.

“Hinahayaan ba natin ang Diyos na magbigay-buhay sa atin?  Ano ba ang mga itinuturing nating nagbibigay-buhay sa atin? Nakakalungkot na hindi si Hesus ang hinahayaan nating tumugon sa ating mga pangangailangan. Barkada, sugal, droga, pera, sex, panandaliang aliw ang madalian nating solusyon sa ating mga uhaw at gutom. [Ito ang mga] kinakapitan natin, hindi si Hesus,” Cardinal Advincula stressed.

“Siya ang pagkaing nagbibigay-buhay kung hahayaan nating Siya talaga ang magbigay-buhay sa atin, kung Siya ang kakapitan natin, kung hahayaan nating manahan Siya sa atin at tayo sa kanya,” he added.

Emphasizing the significance of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood in Christian faith, the archbishop of Manila invited the faithful to give themselves to God and to others by showing mercy and forgiveness, and to live life like Jesus.

“[K)ung si Hesus ang ituturing nating Tinapay na nagbibigay-buhay, kung si Hesus ang buhay natin, magiging katulad niya rin tayo. Tayo rin ay magiging tinapay na nagbibigay-buhay sa iba. Maging panalangin din natin ang mga salita ng awit na Tinapay ng Buhay: “Marapatin sa kapwa maging tinapay, kagalakan sa nalulumbay, katarungan sa naaapi, at kanlungan ng bayan mong sawi,” he said.

(By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)


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