TACLOBAN City, June 13, 2015 – Time management and self-improvement aside, the most essential thing in life is the presence of God, says a priest during a homily on the recent Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
“God comes first because if not our life will be in a mess,” said Fr. Gil Manaog, parish priest of Sacred Heart parish, at a Mass held at the public Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park.
The priest also preached that Christ by his sacred heart teaches the faithful about three vital lessons in life: the measure of man’s worth, heroism, and perseverance.
Hearts for love
“Every person’s worth is measured by the kind of love he has in his heart,” Manaog said, adding that the “heart is programmed to love.” This love, however, should be centered on God.
“If there is any part of the crucified Christ which is most important, it is the heart of Jesus pierced with the lance where blood and water poured out,” he added.
In a mass held at the, Manaog said that Christ himself showed true love to humanity and according to the Catholic belief is best shown by Christ’s dying on the cross.
This true love is symbolized visually by the heart of Christ and not by any other part of his body.
“To love means to die for your friends and for your people,” he said.
Another point he raised is that “True love demands heroism,” explaining, “When we love, we have to be heroic, even if it is difficult, because we know it is the right thing to do,” he exhorted.
Finally, he explained, “True love perseveres even it the other person does not love you because you promised that to God.”
Manaog revealed that the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the oldest one that was especially requested by Jesus through mystical revelations to the visionary St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, V.H.M.
In the Archdiocese of Palo, almost all parishes have a confraternity devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Divine Mercy. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros/CBCP News)