CEBU City, Nov. 24, 2015 – Who rules your heart? It must be Jesus.
This was the message of Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma to some 7,000 people who gathered yesterday, Nov. 22, at the Eucharistic Pavilion to celebrate the consecration of three-storey structure, which will be the main venue for the upcoming 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC).
In his homily, the prelate also emphasized the need for every person to let Christ reign in one’s life.
“Many people think they don’t need God anymore because they are rich, powerful, and popular. But again, we say ‘Christ is the center of our life.’ He is the king of our hearts,” the prelate said.
‘Not of this world’
The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Piux XI in 1925 in response to growing secularism and materialism. The feast marks the end of the liturgical year of the Church.
“As portrayed in the Scriptures, it’s as if Jesus is not king at all. He was even condemned to death and was killed. But we know that His kingdom is not of this world,” Palma said.
Unlike other kings and rulers in the world, Palma said, Jesus didn’t live a majestic and imperial life.
“His kingdom is a kingdom of truth and life, of holiness and grace; a kingdom of justice, love and peace,” the archbishop added.
Palma urged Filipinos to let Christ reign in the entire country, “from Aparri to Jolo” as a Eucharistic hymn reverberates.
Next Sunday is the start of the Advent season leading to Christmas, and the beginning of the Year of the Eucharist and the Family in the Philippines.
After communion, Palma led the procession of the Blessed Sacrament inside the Pavilion as the congregation knelt and adore while singing hymns of praise to the Lord.
The forthcoming IEC 2016 is expected to draw about 15,000 delegates from different parts of the world to Cebu City from Jan. 24 to 31, 2016. (Archdiocese of Cebu / CBCP News)