BULACAN, May 18, 2016 – Concerned with the longevity of traditions in a fast-paced world, a bishop underlined the importance of traditions within the Church, especially those connected to the Holy Eucharist.
“I am very pleased [with] those who still observe traditional Eucharistic adoration, just like the making of the sign of the cross when passing through churches,” expressed Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros, during his homily on the feast of St. Paschal Baylon in Obando Bulacan on Tuesday.
Oliveros made the life of the saint an example for a pious, Eucharistic life.
“St. Paschal, while tending the sheep in the meadows, kneels every time the church bells rang during consecration,” narrated Oliveros. “If we cannot have time to visit the Blessed Sacrament, let us simply stop for a moment when we hear the consecration bells.”
Referencing the kneeling carabaos in Pulilan during the feast of St. Isidore the Farmer, the bishop stressed the fact that animals know Eucharist adoration better than humans.
“[The carabaos] know how to kneel when in front of a church, while some Catholics, with intellect and all, neglect to give respect when passing the church,” lamented Oliveros.
Also, he underlined the importance of going to Mass as a whole family, most importantly during Sundays.
“Let us bring home the wisdom we acquired during our encounter with Jesus in the Eucharistic celebration,” the bishop said.
Furthermore, Oliveros encouraged the faithful to share Christ to others and observe humility like St. Paschal, who spent most of his life as Franciscan lay brother, cooking and cleaning for the congregation.
“Let us strive to emulate St. Paschal Baylon,” he urged. “Let us not drive away those who plead for our help. In giving ourselves to our neighbors, we become real images of God and streams of His mercy”. (Luke Godoy / CBCPNews)