Palm Sunday homily: Tagle urges the faithful to love, accept and help those who are in need

April 14, 2014 7:25 am 

By Ferdinand G. Patinio

MANILA, April 13 (PNA) — As the Catholic faithful welcomed Jesus Christ on Palm Sunday as He was accepted by the people when He entered Jerusalem, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged the public to love, accept and help those who are in need.

"Today we are asked to receive and accept Jesus in His love for neighbors. Let us show our solidarity with the suffering, with the poor, the lost, the confused, those who are looking for God. We have so many neighbors who are longing for love. Like Jesus, go to them, assure them that they are not alone," he said in his homily during the Palm Sunday Mass at the newly renovated Manila Cathedral in Intramuros.

He noted that many people, not only those affected by natural calamities but also those who are living on the streets, those who are sick, among others, need the compassion of their fellow men.

"To our brothers and sisters in Zamboanga, Bohol, Samar, Leyte, Capiz, Aklan, Iloilo, Palawan, Cebu because of typhoon Yolanda. To the people living on the streets because they don't have shelter. People who are enduring pain because they don't have medicines," the cardinal said.

He added, "Women who are hurt and they continue hurting because of betrayal and abuse. To workers who don't get the respect and the just wages that they deserve…to those people, let us be the heart of Jesus telling them and assuring them that even if others have left and forgotten you, I am here and I bring you the love of Jesus."

The head of the Archdiocese of Manila noted that Palm Sunday is "about the greatest love that humanity has ever experienced."

"As we welcome Jesus, let us also welcome His love and let us love our neighbors the way He did, bearing all suffering and letting love be stronger than any suffering we could ever experience," Tagle said.

On Sunday, Filipino Catholics celebrated Palm Sunday which commemorates the Triumphal Entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem.

The celebration also marks the start of the Holy Week. (PNA)

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