NAGA City, Nov. 6, 2014 – “Ask and it will be given to you” is a well-known Bible that also apparently applies to pursuing everyday holiness. According to a prelate, the faithful should be more vocal to God about their desire for sainthood.
“Man is invited to become a saint; but God wants him to “speak [the desire out] loud and from the heart,” said Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona at Mass he celebrated for the departed clergy of Caceres on Nov. 1, All Saints’ Day, at the Resurrection Garden Chapel of the Holy Rosary Major Seminary in Naga City.
However, according to the Caceres prelate, “One of the greatest sins we have today is forgetfulness. We forget that we are ‘sealed by God’.”
Tirona added that priests, too, at times, forget that they must provide “light and direction” to the faithful, not “darkness and hindrances”.
According to Tirona, “one antidote to forgetfulness is ardent longing.”
A constant, vocal desire to be with Jesus, he explained, will “fuel one’s passion in his pilgrimage to the Kingdom of God.”
“The invitation to be Christ-like is so strong and powerful in the Gospel that it leaves no space for compromise, shallowness and mediocrity,” Tirona said.
He emphasized the Cross and how Christ’s disciples should be “ready to suffer in the name of Christ”.
Through the Cross
“There is no other way [other than the Cross] to the Kingdom of the Father,” Tirona added.
“The saints serve as our reminder that if we “stay close [to Jesus] and rest in Him, we shall also shine the light of Christ,” he explained.
For Tirona, the saints are those who have embraced the Beatitudes and have lived in Christ.
“The Beatitudes unlock the door that Jesus opened for us. It is the way to sanctification but it is not the way of the world for it is the very life of Jesus Christ,” he said.
According to Tirona, the goal of man’s life is to “partake in the eternal joy of God’s Kingship”.
However, to enter the Kingdom of God, one must be like the saints – an embodiment of the Beatitudes, by “insert[ing] oneself into the person of Jesus”, he added.
In closing, the prelate prayed for strength, conversion and transformation for the community.
Tirona noted, “Ultimately, our celebration today is a celebration of the goodness of the mercy of God’s love.” (Natalie Hazel Quimlat)