Archbishop hopes Eid’l Adha will inspire everyone to serve others

Published August 11, 2019, 6:49 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Leslie Ann G. Aquino

A Catholic prelate expressed hope that Monday’s observance of Eid’l Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice will inspire everyone to live their life in service to others.

Bishop Martin Jumoad (Photo courtesy of Archivio Radio Vaticana)
Ozamiz Archbishop Martin Jumoad (Photo courtesy of Archivio Radio Vaticana)

“May this celebration make us all aware that our life is meant to be of service to others and this entails Sacrifice,” Ozamiz Archbishop Martin Jumoad said in his message.

He cited a number of Muslim leaders who he said gave their best for the country like Salipada Pendatun and former Senator (Mamintal) Tamano as examples.

“Even in Basilan, we remember Datu Kalun, the Founder of Lamitan who was able to unite Muslims and Christians der in Lamitan,” said Jumoad, former Basilan prelate.

He said that’s why the feast is also a challenge to everyone.

“The feast of Sacrifice reminds all believers in the Almighty to surrender even our own son in favor of the will of the Most Powerful. In this present life, we are challenged to do the same ready to make sacrifice for the welfare of others,” Jumoad said.

“Congratulations to our Muslim brothers and sisters,” he added.

Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma also greeted Filipino Muslims in their observance.

“We greet our Muslim friends on their Feast of the Sacrifice. May our obedience to the Almighty bear fruit in our efforts to bring about a Culture of Peace in Mindanao and the rest of the country,”

The two Mindanao prelates are members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Interreligious Dialogue.