MANILA, June 13, 2014 – Looking beyond appearances and perceived weaknesses, Orlando B. Cardinal Quevedo tells young Filipinos and the poor, “become what you are”.
“Become who you are Christ present in you, Christ be represented by you,” said Quevedo during a press conference on June 10 for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in 2016.
He singled out the segments of young people and the poor in the country to point out the specialness of their particular situations and how Jesus is “in them.”
“When you become what you are, young people, poor people, you can change our country for the better,” said Quevedo, who currently serves in the archdiocese of Cotabato.
In what seemed like the ultimate paradox, Quevedo also called poor people “privileged.”
“You are the privileged faces of Jesus. Privileged because Jesus himself said so,” he said, quoting Matthew 25:45, which reads “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”
The poor, Quevedo said, are the “privileged ones in our country” because Christ is in them.
“You carry Christ in your own faces and through your own hearts,” he added.
Quevedo also asked young Filipinos to be open to the reality of the person of Jesus. When they do so, he said, young people, the “hope of the future”, will “become like Him.”
In closing, the newest Filipino cardinal to be appointed by Pope Francis, said all of these can be possible because of Jesus in whom all of us hope. (CBCP News)