MANILA, April 3, 2015— For many, getting a stamp of approval from other people is definitely a motivation.
But according to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, the lay faithful should look to Jesus’ example of following God’s will in the face of widespread opposition.
“Christ did not wait for the approval of men, their applause, or even their admiration. Only one thing is important to Him and that is His loyalty to His Father. That is why even if He was greatly punished, mocked, and ridiculed by men, He remained loyal and true to His mission,” Tagle said in his homily during the Palm Sunday Mass held at the Manila Cathedral.
Faithful like Christ
The prelate urged the Massgoers to stay faithful to the Lord, noting the need for them to turn away from earthly affirmations so they will not be easily swayed by the hardships and temptations that come their way.
“This is the Good News—through Christ, we have seen someone who kept His loyalty to the Lord, someone who will never break His faithfulness amid any form of bribe, suffering, or mockery,” he added in Filipino.
Tagle called on Filipinos to imitate the loyalty of Christ to His father, noting that standing by this kind of fidelity can contribute to the resolution of the different personal and societal problems they face.
“A lot of our personal and societal problems are happening because we are not loyal to God. We easily change our beliefs and commitments, especially when they are no longer popular or appealing to the majority,” he said.
“I hope we will remain faithful to the Lord even if we get laughed at, mocked, and ridiculed, because it is that kind of faithfulness that will give us a new life,” he added.
He also called on the faithful to shun prejudice against one’s neighbors, urging them to emulate the love and loyalty manifested by Christ to God and His people.
“Let us all follow the example set forth by Christ…Until His death, He offered His love to everyone. No matter who you are, no matter what you believe in, the Lord loved you through His Son, Jesus Christ,” he added.
Tagle said it is not only to God that Christ has expressed loyalty because He is also faithful to all His people.
“He offers His body and blood to everyone. He does not exclude anyone. All of us, even those who do not believe in Him, are loved by Christ, and it is for our sake that He sacrificed His life,” he said in Filipino.
“The loyalty of Christ does not wane. He has] a big heart that exudes love for all of His children,” he said, adding that the Lord loves His people not because He gains something from them, but because He loves them.
“Christ loves us all. He died for all of us and this is the Good News. He is faithful both to God and to all of us, His brothers and sisters,” he added. (Jennifer M. Orillaza/CBCP News)