CAINTA, Jan. 3, 2015 — What is God currently doing in your life? Is God making you wait for something? Is he disciplining you? According to the top shepherd of the Archdiocese of Manila, when young people learn to accept God’s action in their lives, they will be blessed.
“Ang tunay na mapalad ay yaong tumatanggap sa pagkilos ng Diyos (The one truly blessed is the one who has accepted God’s action),” said Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle during the opening Mass of the 16th Diocesan Youth Day on Dec. 27 at the Our Lady of Light parish, Cainta, Rizal.
He said the faithful have to be open to God’s actions even if it is hard to understand, pointing to the Blessed Mother’s obedience to and trust in God.
Blessed by God’s action
The prelate asked the youth why they believe they are blessed, leading to the reflection that “blessedness comes from God” and that blessedness is ultimately a grace that comes from the action of God.
Tagle also explained in his homily that the Lord “leads us to blessedness by doing something for us”, hence, His action.
According to the prelate, the way to be blessed is to be poor in spirit, to depend solely on God.
“Take part in the kingdom of God. Be poor in spirit; do not build your own kingdoms,” he added.
Tagle also reminded everyone to reassess their beliefs about true blessedness, asking if the Lord is the reason for their blessedness.
“I hope what makes you holy and what makes you happy is the action of God,” he told thousands of young people who gathered from all over the Diocese of Antipolo for the annual youth event, which this year, carried the theme “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:3).
Rich in love, poor in self
Tagle also explained that the one who loves is poor, stressing the poverty of the apostles who were poor in silver and gold, but were gifted by the presence of Jesus.
“The emptiness created in you by love is enough for you to believe,” he added.
Before the homily ended, Tagle encouraged the youth to enter the religious life, sharing the beauty of blessedness, the beauty of having discovered “another kingdom”.
According to him, the religious life can become a profession of poverty, obedience and chastity.
There is poverty in spirit, he said, but you gain everything.
Expressing Jesus’ words, Tagle said: “Give me only your love, that’s enough for me.” (Ad Alcantara/CBCPNews)