Tagle’s message to those obsessed with power: Take cue from Jesus

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Posted at Mar 29 2018 06:32 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2019 07:46 PM

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle kisses the foot of Marawi priest Fr. Chito Soganob at Manila Cathedral on Maundy Thursday during the traditional reenactment of Jesus Christ washing the feet of his disciples. Maria Tan, ABS-CBN News

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle washes the foot of Crisanto Demafelis, father of slain OFW Joanna Demafelis, at Manila Cathedral on Maundy Thursday during the Holy Week tradition reenacting Jesus Christ washing the feet of his disciples, an act demonstrating humility and service of others. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle washes the foot of Eva Demafelis, mother of slain OFW Joanna Demafelis, at Manila Cathedral on Maundy Thursday during the Holy Week tradition reenacting Jesus Christ washing the feet of his disciples, an act demonstrating humility and service of others. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle kisses the foot of Giovanni Badidles of the Philippine Navy at Manila Cathedral on Maundy Thursday during the traditional reenactment of Jesus Christ washing the feet of his disciples. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Maundy Thursday took a swipe at people obsessed with power and high stature, saying they should take a cue from the Christ who was willing to become a servant for his own disciples. 

In his homily before the traditional washing of the feet, Tagle stressed that love is a constant departure and it includes departing from one's self in order to be of service to others. 

" 'Pag ikaw ay nasa taas na ayaw mo na lumisan, lahat gagawin mo para manatili diyan. Pero si Hesus, hindi. Binabago ni Hesus ang kalakaran. Siya na guro at Panginoon, 'Lilisanin ko ang aking dangal at kayo ay huhughasan ko ng paa bilang inyong lingkod'," he said.

"Ang mundo natin ngayon, sanay na sanay na sa mga mukhang umaalis sa matatayog na posisyon pero sa bandang huli kapit-tuko -- ayaw nang lumisan."

After the homily, Cardinal Tagle washed the feet of the parents of slain overseas Filipino worker Joanna Demafelis, and Marawi siege survivor Father Chito Soganob as he led the Holy Thursday rites at Manila Cathedral.

Joanna, daughter of Crisanto and Eva Demafelis, was found dead in a freezer inside an apartment in Kuwait. Her death, just one of a series of reported OFW deaths in Kuwait, triggered public outrage that led to the government's deployment ban in the Gulf state. 

Soganob was the vicar general of the Prelature of Marawi City. He, along with other civilians, was held captive by the Maute terrorist group for almost four months. He escaped in September and was rescued by the military.

Also among the 12 people whose feet Tagle washed were Isidro Indao and Kaylo Bontolan, Lumad leaders who fled their homelands because of alleged massive militarization and destruction by logging and mining companies.

The traditional washing of the feet is part of the Maundy Thursday liturgy, a reenactment of Jesus Christ humbling himself to his disciples as a sign of loving service before his passion, death and resurrection.