MANILA, June 18, 2014 — Catholics are not meant to live just for themselves, but for the entire world which they are called to evangelize, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said.
“Our community must exist for the world, must address the concerns of the world…And this is where inter-religious dialogue, work for justice and peace, and concern for our neighbors are manifested,” Tagle said in his talk during the Manila Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS) held at the Paco Catholic School on June 7.
The prelate noted that as a “community in mission,” the faithful must open themselves to the call of the Holy Spirit by listening to those who are poor, deprived, oppressed, and exploited.
Tagle also reminded the faithful of the “priestly, prophetic, and kingly” mission of the church, urging them to live by their baptismal grace and calling.
“As priestly people, let us become holy. As prophetic people, let us live by the Word of God. As kingly people, let us serve others. Let us all be holy, living and serving by the word of God,” he said.
As a renewed church, Tagle also said the faithful must live by the “evangelical spirit of poverty”—one that is brought by one’s dependence on the Lord and not on the material riches championed by the world.
“You are not dictated by money; you are dictated by your trust in God who sent His Son, the Son who became poor so that we can be enriched by His Father,” Tagle said.
“In the Church of the Poor, our brothers and sisters will not experience discrimination because they are poor. They will have their share in the world’s resources, and they will never be alone for they will always find company in the Lord,” he added.
Tagle reminded the faithful to be strong to face the hardships they might encounter in the pursuit of their mission.
“Nothing in this life is easy, especially for those who truly strive to establish the Kingdom of God here on Earth. Hardships are undeniable parts of our lives, and when you have not experienced suffering, then maybe it is not His community that you are establishing,” he said.
“Nobody said it will be easy. But when we persevere, we will be surprised of the fruits that our efforts could bear,” he added. (Jennifer M. Orillaza)