Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle ushered in Holy Week in the Philippine capital Manila celebrating the Palm Sunday Mass during which he called on the faithful to welcome Christ in the person of the poor and the oppressed. In his homily at the city cathedral, the Archbishop of Manila said that Palm Sunday is an invitation for everyone to welcome Christ into their life in the image of the hungry, the sick, the lonely and the outcast. The welcoming of the real Jesus is the acceptance of His presence in the poor, those being spat upon by society, those insulted and those who remain silent even when they are slapped,” the cardinal said speaking in Tagalog.
Thousands of Catholics packed the cathedral and parishes and churches across the country, to mark the start of the Holy Week that culminates with Easter Sunday. Many people waved palm fronds to symbolize how worshippers greeted Jesus over 2,000 years ago as he entered Jerusalem. Cardinal Talge also focused on how Jesus’ passion and death served as examples of God’s humility even if people mocked and disobeyed Him. “Are we going to accept the Son of God – humble, an ordinary person, wounded, insulted, spat upon and stripped?” he asked. “But he’s used to it, he stripped Himself of His dignity.” According to him, God’s way is humility, and he called on the faithful to imitate His attitude. “Jesus is like that and we should follow him like that,” Cardinal Tagle added. (Source: CBCP)