PASAY City, Feb. 5, 2014 – In a world where preoccupation is the norm, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminds the faithful to follow Mary’s example of listening and being available to God.
“How could the woman [Mary] become the dwelling place of the Incarnate Son of God? The Gospel describes it, describes the path of Mary. What is it? Listening to the Word of God and acting on it,” said Cardinal Tagle during a votive mass for the Blessed Virgin last January 29 at the San Isidro Labrador parish.
The character of Mary
According to him, this “character of Mary as a disciple” is precisely what modern believers should strive to emulate.
“Mary listened with faith to the Word of God and listening to the Word of God, she offered herself. She was available to fulfill the will of God and in this availability the Word that she heard became flesh in her,” Cardinal Tagle added further.
This listening and being open to God’s words, he explained, is not simply hearing sounds or sentences from the Bible, but being open to a person – Jesus himself.
More than memorizing Bible verses
“The Word is not just a sound that would be heard; the word was the living person of Jesus. And when Mary said, ‘Let it be done to me according to your word’, that Word became flesh in her,” Cardinal Tagle told some 600 Marian devotees.
According to him, this call to enflesh the Word of God in everyday life is not just meant for Mary, but for all believers.
“[Focus] not just on reciting [Bible verses], but more on whether my life reflects what the Word contains. Is the Word made flesh in me? That’s the path of Mary and that should be the path of all her children,” Cardinal Tagle said.
The votive mass in honor of Our Lady was also celebrated to mark the inauguration of the office of the Marian Movement of Priests (MMP) in the compound of the San Isidro Labrador parish. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]