MANILA- Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged Filipino Catholics on Good Friday to remember the sacrifices of Jesus Christ in the face of difficult situations.
Speaking at Manila Cathedral, Tagle recalled the question Pontius Pilate raised twice before crucifying Jesus.
“Itong tanong ni Pilato ay umaalingawngaw pa hanggang sa ating panahon. Araw-araw tinatanong tayo ni Pilato, 'Ipapako ko ba sa krus si Hesus?' Araw-araw sumasagot tayo, 'Sino ang pinipili nating ipapatay -- si Hesus o ang ibang pinipili nating hari?' ” Tagle asked.
“Ito po ang patuloy na panawagan sa atin, hindi lamang kapag Biyernes Santo, kundi sa pang-araw araw na buhay. Si Hesus tapat sa atin, tayo ba’y magiging tapat lagi sa kanya?”
After the commemoration of the Lord’s Passion, hundreds of devotees, young and old, lined up to participate in the veneration of the cross.
Among them was 83 year-old Nieves Magpantay, who suffers from a heart ailment.
“Ipinagdadasal ang aking paggaling. Ang Panginoon, bibigyan tayo ng lakas. Siya lang ang inaasahan natin,” Magpantay said.
Aliw Villa, meanwhile, prayed for her 9-year-old granddaughter, Aljanna Bautista, who came with her to the Cathedral to pray.
“Itong apo ko sana maging healthy sya. Na-injection-an kasi sya ng Dengvaxia. Huwag naman sana magkaroon ng pangit na epekto sa katawan ng apo ko,” Villa said.
Manila Cathedral vice-rector Fr. Kali Llamado also called on Catholics to pray for migrants and refugees.
“We need to bring back the covenant relationship with one another. Kailangan ituring ang isa’t isa bilang kapatid. 'Pag nawala ang covenant relationship, we can easily deceive people, we can manipulate the truth for our own good,” he said.
As for those who have negative opinion about the church, Llamado has this message: “Nandito ang Simbahan para makilakbay sa inyo, to dialogue with you. We are not here just to impose anything on you, but we are here to listen to you. The Church listens.”