We are made for joy and not for pleasure – Bishop Pabillo

“Ang joy na ibinibigay sa atin ni Hesus ‘yan po ay iba sa pleasure na hinahanap hanap ng mga tao sa mundo. Ang pleasure po ay mababaw at pansamantala. Ngunit ang joy ay nasa ikabitura ng ating puso. At ‘yan po ay matagalan na naiiwan sa atin.”

This was the message of Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, D.D. during the 6:00 PM fiesta concelebrated Mass on the Solemnity of St. Philip Neri at San Felipe Neri Parish in Mandaluyong City.

St. Philip Neri, according to the Bishop, had a big contribution to the Catholic Church as he lived as a role model. He also has a unique gift, which is joy. This particular gift is infectious since the people surrounding St. Philip were also joyful. He had brought glad tidings to the poor, the needy, and the street children.

In his homily, the bishop stated three points on how to obtain joy coming from Jesus: follow His commandments, trust in the Lord, and helping others.

He emphasized that helping others in times of need is such a great opportunity, especially during this pandemic. One can feel gladness in return.

“Upang maging bukas tayo sa kagalakan ay ang pagtulong sa ating kapwa.. Upang maibigay ang mabuti sa mga mahihirap, sa mga may karamdaman at magpahayag ng kalayaan para po sa lahat, pagtulong sa kapwa. At nararanasan po natin ‘yan kapag tayo’y tumutulong sa kapwa, tayo po’y masaya,” said Bishop Pabillo

Bishop Pabillo encouraged the faithful to ask for the gift of joy, from Jesus through St. Philip Neri.

“Kailangan na kailangan natin yan sa ating panahon ngayon na puno ng kahirapan, na puno ng kabigatan, kailangan natin ang joy. Hindi naman natin dinedeny ang mga problemang andyan no. Pero kahit na may problema mahaharap natin ito nang may kagalakan kasi ang Diyos ay kasama natin tulad po ng ginawa ni San Felipe Neri.“ he added.

St. Philip Neri is the Apostle of Rome, Patron Saint of joy and youth. He was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. May 26 is his feast day. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

 

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