“It is Jesus who satisfies our Hunger for a Meaningful Life”

Auxiliary Bishop of Manila and Taytay Bishop-designate Broderick Pabillo provided three ways to receive Jesus as he reflected on the readings and the Gospel for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Bishop Pabillo said in his homily on August 1, that the faithful may obtain the Lord’s grace through understanding the Good News, helping the poor and attaining Holy Sacraments.

“Natatanggap natin si Jesus sa pagtanggap natin ng Kanyang Salita. Natatanggap natin si Jesus sa ating pagkilos para sa mga mahihirap. Natatanggap natin si Jesus sa pagtanggap natin sa mga sakramento. Ang mga sakramento ay mga paraan na matatagpuan natin si Jesus. Hindi lang mga seremonyas o mga ritual ang binyag, ang kasal, ang kumpil, ang kumpisal, pagpapahid ng langis, ang Banal na Orden, at ang Banal na Misa. Ang mga ito ay paraan ng ating pagtatagpo kay Jesus. We encounter Jesus in the sacraments. Ang mga sakramentong ito ay dumadating sa atin sa pamamagitan ng mga pari,” he said.

The former Apostolic Administrator urged everyone to receive Him not just to satisfy physical hunger but also to fulfill a more dignified and meaningful life.

He again stressed the importance of community pantries in feeding thousands of Filipinos, especially the poor, and how these small acts of kindness could change the lives of those who organize these activities.

“Jesus identifies himself with the poor and the needy therefore whatever we do to them we do to Jesus. Bakit ang mga taong nag-oorganize ng community pantry ay patuloy na gumagawa nito? Sa community pantry hindi lang nabubusog ang nakikinabang dito. Mas lalong nabubusog ang nagbibigay at nag-oorganize nito. They may be tired physically but deep down they are satisfied that they are able to help others. Nabubusog tayo sa ating pagtulong sa ating kapwa,” Bishop Pabillo emphasized.

“Hindi ba kayo nagtataka bakit maraming mga volunteers at organizers sa mga NGOs – mga binabansagang mga aktibista –  ay patuloy sa kanilang trabaho na wala naman silang sweldong tinatanggap at ni-rered tag pa, at ang ilan ay pinapatay pa? They do this because there is deep satisfaction in helping others and organizing and empowering the poor. Hindi sila matatalo ng red-tagging at repression. They will just be all the more emboldened,” he added.

Bishop Pabillo’s last Sunday Mass held every 10 in the morning was held at the Caritas Manila Chapel in Pandacan where he also started it for TV Maria’s television and online platforms on March 22, 2020. (Lem Leal Santiago/Binondo Church / Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo – File Photo of RCAM-AOC)


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