Bishop’s request: ‘Run around, preach Gospel!’

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NAGA CITY, May 3, 2014 – According to a bishop, running means more than just a physical activity, it can come to symbolize how committed people are to spreading the Gospel of Jesus.

“People were strongly attracted to the person of Jesus. Thus, on the day he had risen, people were running around to tell everyone the Good News,” said Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona as he celebrated his 40th Sacerdotal Anniversary recently.

According to him, running is “a response to an attraction, a very strong attraction” to Jesus and shows a desire to spread the Good News.

Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona invites the faithful to run with him and proclaim the Gospel during the celebration of his 40th sacerdotal anniversary April 21. (Photo: Natalie Hazel Quimlat/CBCP News

Tirona said, “[Running] is also a response to a commitment or engagement.”

“An ‘act of faith’, running serves as a ‘transmission of faith’ itself. People run to proclaim the Good News, their direction and mission in life,” added Caceres.

During a recent thanksgiving mass at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, the prelate gave much emphasis on the verb, run. As opposed to other action words such as come and listen, run is rarely used in the Bible, Tria Tirona observed.

“Are you willing to run with me?” he asked the faithful present.

At the end of the his message, Tria Tirona said, “No priest has ever said, ‘I deserve to be a priest.’ Everything is grace.”

According to him, the only natural response for a believer is to say humbly, ‘Here I am Lord, I will run with you to proclaim the Good News.’

In closing, Tria Tirona prayed for strength, courage and most especially, “the joy of running around to proclaim how good is the Lord.” (Natalie Hazel Quimlat)

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