NAGA City, April 22, 2015 — “Be quick and joyful to share the Gospel. In this Year of the Poor, we do not need to be poor readers and lectors, [rather], we need to proclaim the Good News to the poor.”
This was the message of Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona to almost 2,000 lectors and commentators, who renewed their commitment to the their ministry last Saturday, April 18, at the Unibersidad de Sta. Isabel Auditorium.
Tirona, who presided over the concluding Eucharistic celebration, added that lectors should take time to “read and reflect” on the Word of God before proclaiming it.
“Begin with praying,” the Carmelite prelate said. “[For] the Word of God penetrates [the heart] and changes [it]“.
From worship to service
In his talk, Archdiocesan Liturgical Commission Director Fr. Glenn Ruiz invited the lectors to “go back to the foundation, the source and summit [of their ministry] – the Eucharist”. According to Ruiz, “the Eucharist makes the Church”. It is where “we become the Church”.
“To celebrate it for and with the poor, [the Eucharist] is where we are most called to be the Church of the Poor”, the priest exhorted. Hence, it is fitting, he said, to go back to the focal point, to renew oneself with Christ at the center.
If Ruiz’ first point spoke of a calling, of a change in heart, the second point he made involved a sense of responsibility. “[The] Eucharist commits us to the poor,” he said. Through the act of “breaking and sharing”, the Eucharist is for everyone. There is “no discrimination”. Christ came to save all of humanity, he added.
The last point Ruiz gave was about sharing. He said through the Eucharist “we are able to [give to] the poor”. By way of offerings, the parish community is abundantly able to “share with the poor”. According to him, for a heart that has Christ at its center, worship brings about service.
Other lecturers were Caceres Commission on Doctrine Director Fr. Joey Gonzaga and Caceres Commission on Evangelization Director Fr. Rex Andrew Alarcon. The same set of lectures will be given to the Eucharistic Ministers of Holy Communion, who will renew in their commitment to their ministry on Saturday, April 25, still at the Unibersidad de Sta. Isabel Auditorium. Naga Metropolitan Cathedral St. John the Evangelist Parish Priest Msgr. Noe Badiola, P.C. will preside over the concluding Mass for the said event.
Apart from Ruiz, a different set of speakers will be present at the commitment renewal of collectors and ushers slated on May 2 at the Holy Rosary Minor Seminary Auditorium. (Natalie Hazel Quimlat/CBCPNews)