Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged people to learn to treat each other as a “beloved,” or someone who is “dearly loved”, especially the youth, a message he delivered during the Chrism mass at Manila Cathedral on Maundy Thursday.
“God loves us very much. I discovered that that’s the meaning of the word ‘beloved’. Beloved means I love you very much. If not very much, you just say, ‘Love you, love you’. But very much you say, ‘Beloved,’ ” Tagle told churchgoers.
The Chrism Mass is celebrated every Maundy Thursday to mark the “baptismal consecration” of Catholics and the “ministerial priesthood” of clergymen to spread God’s word and give thanks to all His blessings and teachings.
During the occasion, three oils to be used during sacraments are also being blessed.
In his homily, Tagle pointed out the challenges people face amid the rise of global materialism.
Many people today, especially the youth, Tagle said, are so addicted to their mobile phones that some, even during mass, cannot help but tinker with their devices.
“ ’Yang cellphone parang guard. Para kang binabantayan lagi. ’Pag tumunog ’yan, para tayong ano lagi, ‘Yes Lord, speak Lord.’ Pero kapag ang Diyos ang nagsasalita kung minsan hindi nakikinig. Pero ’pag ang cellphone, hindi mapakali,” he said.
These days, the Cardinal added, many parents also impose lofty standards upon their children, leaving them pressured and feeling worthless, when what should really happen is for parents and their children to “walk together.”
“May mga bata nag-iisip magpakamatay na lang kasi ang pakiramdam nila, walang nagmamahal sa akin. Minsan ang mga magulang din po masyadong matatayog ang hinihingi,” Tagle said.
Such struggles do not include routine hardships in life, and dealing with fake news and hate speech, he added.
“Hindi makatapos ng pag-aaral, kulang sa pera. ’Yung nakatapos, wala namang mahanap na trabaho. ’Yung iba, binu-bully . . . so many young people never hear good news. They only hear criticisms. They only hear their incapacity to meet the expectations, expectations which are not realistic,” Tagle said.
“Ang dami-dami na na tagapagdala ng bad news, fake news, hate speech. We today, all the consecrated, all the baptized bearing the Holy spirit, we’ll say, ‘I will not deliver fake news, hate speech. I am consecrated by the Holy Spirit. I will bring good news to the poor and the suffering.’ ”
Riva Gatvida of the San Roque de Sampaloc Parish, was among those who attended the Mass.
A mother of four, she acknowledged that many of the youth today, are lost because of a lack of direction inside their homes.
In their home, Gatvida said, she succeeded in encouraging her children to be active church volunteers.
To help their co-parishioners, she said she is also an active church volunteer who regularly does community rounds to teach parents how to teach their children to pray and be a church volunteer.
Tagle during the mass also asked everyone to pray for the priests whose vocation is being renewed.
The Mass was also attended by more than a hundred priests under the archdiocese of manila.
Those who celebrated Mass with Tagle were retired Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and Apostolic Nuncio Gabriele Caccia.