The Catholic Church opens the National Laity Week, Taytay Apostolic Vicar Broderick Pabillo highlighted the importance of the laypeople in making the Church more inclusive to the needs of the people, most especially the marginalized sectors of the society.
In his homily on Sunday, September 19, Bishop Pabillo gave weight on the potentials of the laity to help the clergy in administering the parishes, particularly their respective finances.
“Mahalaga kayo sa simbahan, lalong-lalo na pakinggan ang boses ng mga laiko sa mga usapin tungkol sa mundong ito tulad ng ecology, business, education, politics, finances, media. Dito gumagalaw ang mga laiko at dito mahalaga ang kanilang pananaw. Kaya nga sinasabi natin na ang mga Parokya ay dapat na may finance council na binubuo ng mga laiko na may alam sa finance. Pakinggan ang kanilang boses tungkol sa usapin ng pananalapi ng simbahan. Mas may alam sila dito kaysa mga pari,” he said.
He pointed out that by allowing the laity to serve the Church, they are being given the opportunity to be heard and to be great in the eyes of Jesus Christ.
Citing the Gospel for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Bishop Pabillo also highlighted that greatness comes not from the top but from those who listen to the sentiments of the poor, persons with disabilities, the elderly, the displaced and indigenous people.
“Hindi natin sila pinapakinggan kasi hindi natin sila pinapasalita. Wala naman silang alam! Hindi naman sila nakapag-aral! Makitid ang kanilang pananaw! So, we prefer that they just keep silent and listen to us. So, we impose a culture of silence among them. Pinipigilan natin silang magsalita,” he said.
“Makinig tayo sa boses na galing sa ibaba. May mahahalaga din silang sasabihin at may nakikita sila na hindi nakikita ng mga nasa itaas. Mahalaga din ang kanilang punto de vista,” Bishop Pabillo added.
The Bishop of Taytay, Northern Palawan reiterated his plea to the country’s influential people and government leaders to consider the underserved in making sound decisions as it leads to their real greatness. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM-Binondo Church)