Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Saturday urged the lay faithful to avoid self-righteousness, saying the virtue of humility is what makes an individual worthy of Divine calling.
“The Lord will make His way…God is there, but be attentive. He looks at you and in mysterious ways, we do not know why He calls us, what He sees in us. And that is the mystery of the way He loves,” Tagle said in his talk at the Katolikong Pinoy recollection held at the Layforce Chapel of the San Carlos Seminary.
“The problem arises with the tendency of those who are chosen to be full of themselves,” Tagle said in Filipino, noting the gospel reading that narrates the story of Pharisees who lamented Christ’s closeness with tax collectors, who were perceived to be sinners.
“For the Pharisees, the Lord should not call those who are sinful. They perceived that only them, the clean ones, are worthy of His call,” he added.
Tagle reminded the faithful of the need to recognize the presence of the Divine in their lives, stressing that it is the only way that humans may surpass the temptations surrounding them.
“Jesus said, ‘I have come to call the sinners, not the self-righteous.’ Temptations are always present. We are always tempted to be self-righteous, thinking that we do not need grace, that we do not need God, even our brothers and sisters,” he said.
“We are blessed. We are graced. We, sinners, are in need of God. I hope that our dependence on Him would not wane…Let us express humility and thank the Lord for calling us. We do not deserve this for we are sinners,” Tagle added. (Jennifer M. Orillaza)