New Year’s Message 2024

“The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!” (Nm 6:24-26)

Let this ancient priestly blessing given by God to Moses be the opening words of our New Year. Let it guide us in all things that we say and do. Everything comes from the Lord. All things are held together by His graciousness. His face is our light. His kindness is our strength.

As we welcome the New Year, we ask the intercession and guidance of Mary, the Holy Mother of God and we pray for peace in the world. The Holy Father Pope Francis has asked that 2024 be a “Year of Prayer” in preparation for the Jubilee 2025.  I invite you to embark on “Pilgrimages of Prayer” this year. Let every ecclesial community go back to the centrality of prayer in our life as missionary disciples of Jesus.

We continue the synodal process of walking together in communion, mission, and participation. Let this new year be an occasion for us to review our initiatives in gradually forming ourselves into a synodal Church and plan on how we can further implement and realize our Traslación Roadmap, our six-year strategic plan in the Archdiocese.

The National Synodal Synthesis provides a template for any pastoral plan: “We are moved to ‘open doors,’ especially the door of personal, parish, and institutional conversion. This means, for us, opening wide the doors of encounter, listening, and dialogue; the door of renewal of ourselves and the clergy; the door to greater witnessing of simplicity and humility; the doors of stewardship, good governance and care for creation; doors towards strengthening the faith formation and empowerment of the laity, and building up of our communities; the door of renewing our structures and ministries, – leaving behind those that do not help and embracing those that make us a community; doors that lead to building bridges, closing the gaps and promoting equality.”

The Year 2024 is the Year of the Lord. As all years, epochs, and spaces are. We are pilgrims of hope together. There will be challenges along the way. But we are always assured that He walks with us. And so, we begin our journey, with courage and faith.

Happy New Year to all of us.  May God bless us in His mercy.

 

+JOSE F. CARDINAL ADVINCULA
Archbishop of Manila

 

 

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