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Thursday, 16 July 2020 13:53

Efficiency and Humility in time of Covid-19

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila, reflected on the importance of humility within the culture of efficiency in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic during the Online Mass on July 5, 2020.

In his homily, Bishop Pabillo described the moments where the faithful felt the immense weight of their responsibilities which led them to feel tired. However, he affirmed that the faithful are called to humble themselves and ask help from one another as it would ease the feeling of being alone. 

“Naging mabigat ang buhay hindi dahil sa pasanin. Naging mabigat ang buhay dahil sa akala natin tayo lang ang nagdadala ng lahat na nakapatong sa atin ang buong responsibilidad. At bakit kasi sinosolo natin? Kasi wala tayong tiwala. Kulang tayo sa kababaang loob na hindi tayo nag-iisa,” he said.

The prelate stressed that those who feel superior to one another often feel discontentment which affects relationships with work, family, friends and their communities.

“Sa totoo lang, ang nagpapahirap sa ating buhay ay hindi ang ating responsibilidad o ang ating pasanin kundi ang ating kayabangan, ang ating mataas na pagtingin sa ating sarili. We always try to live us to the expectation of others that maybe form the boss, from colleagues and friends, the peer pressure or from competitors or even from our family members or relatives who unfortunately, nothing for them is enough,” he said.

“This is especially true in our world which promote a cult of efficiency and productivity. You are only as good as the work that you can deliver. So, we struggle to show to others that we can produce and so, we are reliable and needed,” he added.

He pointed out how the pandemic enables the faithful to connect through the means of technology in the current time. Nonetheless, he also warned the faithful against the motive of self-centered use of technology.

“We thought we know many things that we can explore the stars, that we can thinker with life, that we can…knowledge with our computers and our artificial intelligence. The coronavirus puts us in our place. It humbles us. Our globalized world crumbles. Our economy limpers. We are humbled and we should stay humble if we want to become great,” the bishop said.

When faith is challenged during the pandemic, the bishop encouraged the lay faithful to keep their feet on the ground by following the example of Jesus’ humility despite the hurdles that they encounter even after the lockdown.

“Kaya tinatawagan tayo ngayon ni Jesus, lumapit tayo sa kanya. Matuto tayo sa kanyang kababaang loob. Papahingahin niya tayo not only during this time of the lockdown but always even after na bumalik na tayo sa ating mga gawain, patuloy siyang magpapahinga sa atin,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)