MANILA, March 24, 2016— In his homily on Holy Thursday, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said that love and service are inseparable.
Reflecting on Jesus’ gesture of washing the feet of His disciples, he said that God gave the world a clear example that true love is service.
In this striking act of humility, he said Jesus has showed that to be “merciful” means to follow Him along the path of humble service.
“The washing of the feet is the work of a slave. Even Christ’s death is part of His service to us. He died for us to live,” Cardinal Tagle told the churchgoers and pilgrims at the Manila Cathedral.
“Love and service. Love that serves. Love until the end. And serve by loving until the end. That’s how to walk with Jesus,” he said.
The cardinal also said that genuine love comes from God and is expressed through his mercy, and not through expressions that can easily vanish.
“It’s not our achievements or the projects that we built… in the end it doesn’t matter. If you want be with Jesus the only question is did you love until the end?” he said.
“This Jubilee of Mercy, love is very concrete— love until the end,” added Cardinal Tagle.
The cardinal went further to call on the faithful to unite and work together in solving the challenges that the country is facing.
According to him, the country needs to cross to a place where justice and peace reigns.
“But we need to cross altogether with Jesus where there is love and service,” he said.
During the Mass, Cardinal Tagle washed and kissed the feet of 12 individuals, including Commission on Elections chairman Andres Bautista and a church-based poll watchdog volunteer to highlight the importance of the national elections in May.
Aside from Bautista, he also washed the feet of two persons with disabilities, 2 young people; 2 religious sisters; 2 women, and 2 from the cardinal’s household— his driver and his family’s helper for 30 years. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)