‘Be true to your mission,’ Pabillo urges Filipinos

Published June 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Raymund Antonio 

An official of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) on Wednesday said all people have a mission in life and everyone must be available, honest, and generous in fulfilling them.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo (CBCP NEWS / ROY LAGARDE)
Bishop Broderick Pabillo

“Tayo sana na pinili ng Diyos, na hinirang ng Diyos, na may misyon sa mundong ito ay maging tapat din tayo sa ating misyon (I hope we, who were chosen, appointed by God and have a mission in this world, should be honest to our mission),” Bishop Broderick Pabillo, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, said.

“Binigyan niya ng kakayahan na magawa natin ang ating tawag, ang ating misyon kung tayo ay generous, kung tayo rin ay available para sa misyong ito (He gave us the ability to do our calling and mission if we are generous and also available for this mission),” he added.

The prelate presided a mass at the Manila Cathedral in observance of the feast of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, coinciding with Manila’s 449th founding anniversary.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan, and other officials attended a livestreamed mass led by Pabillo.

Earlier on Wednesday, a mass was also held at the Manila Cathedral as devotees from
across the country commemorated the birth anniversary of their patron saint.

In his homily, Pabillo likened everyone to St. John the Baptist who was true to mission, even if doing so had caused his death.

Herod Antipas had John the Baptist arrested, imprisoned, and beheaded after he condemned the king’s marriage to his wife, because she had previously been married to his own brother, Philip.

“Sana po pinapakilala natin si Hesus. Iyan po ang naging misyon ni Juan Bautista. Pinakilala niya si Hesus sa mga tao (I hope we are promoting Jesus. That was the mission of John the Baptist. He made Jesus known to the people),” he said.

“Nasaan man tayo…ipakilala natin si Hesus sa pamamagitan ng ating salita, sa pamamagitan ng pagkilos, na nakikilala ng mga tao na gumagawa tayo ng matuwid (Wherever we are…let us promote Jesus through our words and actions that we are doing the right thing),” Pabillo said.

The prelate then called on the Catholic faithful to do their mission for the benefit of others, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have to be all generous to each other We have to be available, that we have to help each other, so our condition would get better,” he said in a mix of Filipino and English.