“Prepare for death by being the best in what we do” – Bishop Pabillo

Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged faithful to prepare for death not by hiding but by doing our best.

Speaking before the priests of the Archdiocese of Manila during the Mass for the Dead at the Manila Cathedral on Saturday morning, May 8, Bishop Pabillo cited the Gospel according to Luke to remind everyone to exceptionally fulfill our duties before it’s too late.

“Whatever that may be: sa ating mga pari, sa ating mga parokya, sa mga magulang, sa kanilang pamilya, sa mga manggagawa, sa mga estudyante, sa kanilang pag-aaral – let us do our best in what we have now. Because we cannot wait for tomorrow baka hindi naman dumating yung tomorrow,” he said. “We should not say that we will do this in better times, that better time may not happen. But the best way is when the Lord comes, he sees us doing our duties.”

As Bishop Pabillo reflected on the reality of death amidst the pandeminic, he encouraged everyone to accomplish what we are supposed to do while keeping our faith with the Lord.

“Let us prepare for death by doing what we are doing now to the best of our fidelity to God and then we’ll be blessed when the Lord comes and sees us what we are supposed to do.”

The Apostolic Administrator also stressed that while grieved over the loss of friends and loved ones, we must also think of death as “a birth to a better world” and an opportunity for the bereaved to see life in a different perspective.

He also cited the significance of the Holy Hours for medical front liners, for the sick and for the dead where all parishes in the archdiocese simultaneously prayed in front of the Blessed Sacrament every 6:00 in the evening from May 5 to May 7.

“[A]s believers, we do not only express our common hope and our common grief at yan po yung ginagawa natin, we find a day that we can express our common grief. But this common grief also expresses our common hope for our beloved dead because we are not completely at a lost,” he explained.

The Archdiocese of Manila organized the Days of Prayer and Charity last week to gather every families and communities in one prayer for the protection of our health heroes, for those who are ill in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, for those who deceased along with their grieving families and friends. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM-Binondo Church)


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