MANILA, July 7, 2014—“Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart,” said Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, quoting the Gospel, in a mass Sunday, July 6, at the Saint Maria Goretti Parish Church in Paco, where the faithful gathered to celebrate the feast of the “teen saint”
Tagle said the Pharisees, scribes, and priests’ rejection of Jesus offers Christians a valuable point to reflect on.
The prelate pointed out, this rejection by those claiming to have expert knowledge of God and His Word was an opportunity for Christ to be meek and humble.
Tagle stressed that instead of telling His critics off, Jesus humbly thanked God, saying, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” [Matthew 11:25]
In his sermon, the prelate confessed that exercising humility and meekness is a tough challenge to take on, especially when one feels down and broken.
“[But] that is precisely the context of the Gospel,” he noted.
“This is the way of God …This is not the way of the world,” Tagle explained.
Citing Romans 8:9, he said, “But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.”
Tagle reminded those burdened with worries, the heavy of heart, the vengeful, and the rebellious of the Lord’s comforting invitation to them: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” [Matthew 11:28-30]
According to the cardinal, if people do not come to Christ and open themselves up to Him, they will deprive themselves of the Holy Spirit’s companionship.
“There will be neither humility nor meekness,” he said. (Raymond A. Sebastián)