207 total views

Some of you may recall that Jaime Cardinal Sin, our Archbishop, visited the Soviet Union a few years back. I was with him then. I share with you now an incident that happened before that visit.

As a prince of the Church, Cardinal Sin cannot go to a communist country. So, for his trip to Russia, he had to secure the permission of Rome. Thus, he wrote a letter to Rome. After three months without receiving a reply, the Cardinal and I went to Rome to ask the Holy Father whether he would allow him. The Holy Father did not want to commit any mistake, so he called for a council of cardinals composed of 15 cardinals all over the world. We had to wait in Rome until all the 15 cardinals arrived. The Pope asked each one of them if they would allow the Cardinal of Manila to go.

Each one was allowed to speak. I realized then that there were other cardinals who were aspiring to go to Russia because no cardinal had yet set foot on Russian soil since 1917. The human aspect of the Church came in when the other cardinals did not want Cardinal Sin to go because they themselves wanted to go. They wanted to be first. Finally, the cardinals of the First World countries asked, through the Holy Father, why the Cardinal of Manila should be invited to go to Russia. Cardinal Sin, with a very faint smile on his face replied, “It is probably because I come from a poor country. The Philippines cannot be a threat to Russia. That may be the reason why they invited me. I have nothing to boast of. I am poor and I come from a poor country

The Cardinal’s explanation was so simply yer pointedly said that it made me cry. The other cardinals were also moved they stopped all further deliberations and gave Cardinal Sin the go signal

I can never forget the scene because it really shows us how God blesses the poor. Poverty always carries with it its blessings. We should never be afraid of being poor because we might miss a lot of graces.

Other nations may have a lot of money, but these are nothing in the kingdom of God. God chooses the weak to confound the strong. God chooses the weak to bring His mission to completion.

In an account in the Acts of the Apostles, Peter saw a crippled man at the beautiful gate of the temple. Peter said to the man, “Brother, gold or silver I have none in my pocket. I am poor, but in the name of Jesus Christ, I bid you to stand up and walk.” The crippled man was able to walk.

Our world needs to rise up from being crippled. The Philippines needs to rise up from its paralysis. Why can’t we address the Philippines? Why can’t we address the crippled people now and say, “I bid you, in the name of Jesus, rise up and walk?”

I am afraid the reason must be because we cannot say, “Gold and silver, I have none.”

We cannot say that anymore. We cannot say we do not have money in our pocket and that our only treasure is Jesus. The admonition will not ring true for us, because we have money jiggling in our pockets, we have wealth stashed in our homes. We cannot invoke the words because they are not true for us.

We are unable to utter the words, and this is why miracles no longer happen. We cannot bid the cripple to rise up anymore because we cannot say, “I have no more silver, I have no more gold”.

Can we still say that? Do you really believe that poverty is a blessing?

If your house were to burn today, if you were to know right now that you have contracted a fatal illness, would you still thank God? Would you still praise God for all these things that could happen?

Let us not forget. God blesses the poor in spirit. Poverty always carries with it a blessing. If we are poor, we could command the cripple to walk. If we are rich, we could become powerless in the eyes of God.

THE BLESSING OF BEING POOR
Lk. 6:20-26
Only Jesus, Always Jesus

Screenshot 2024-04-26 121114
ads
ads
2
3
4
previous arrow
next arrow

Veritas Editorial

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

Rev. Fr. Anton CT Pascual

President of Radio Veritas

BPO industry

 4,956 total views

 4,956 total views Kapanalig, hindi natin maitatanggi, ang laking tulong, ginhawa, at pag-asa ang dinala Business Process Outprocessing industry o BPO, sa maraming manggagawang Filipino. Nabigyan ng opsyon ang marami nating mga mamamayan – graduate, o bagong graduate, middle aged, o kahit retired na, part-time, full-time – marami ang nagkaroon ng pagkakataon kumita dahil dito. Nakakapamili

Read More »

Balik Probinsya

 13,001 total views

 13,001 total views Kapanalig, marami ngayong Filipino ang nahahalina at pumipiling magbuhay probinsya. Malaking pagbabago ito, dahil bago mag pandemic, ang ating mga syudad, partikular na ang National Capital Region ang pangunahing migration destination sa ating bayan. Trabaho ang pangunahing rason – sa mga syudad kasi makikita ang karamihan sa mga oportunidad sa bayan. Pero iba

Read More »

Kuryente

 18,081 total views

 18,081 total views Kapanalig, kahit ano pang pagpipikit mata natin o bulagbugan, hindi natin matitiis na ang mahal ng halaga ng kuryente sa ating bansa. Lalo ngayon kapanalig, na tumataas ang halaga ng dolyar, pihado, madarama na natin ang panibagong aray sa kuryente. Nauna na nga ang pasakit ng halaga ng krudo at gas, hindi ba?

Read More »

Nutrisyong sapat para sa lahat

 23,788 total views

 23,788 total views Mga Kapanalig, ang buwan ng Hunyo ay Nutrition Month batay sa Presidential Decree No. 491 noong 1974. Ngayong taon, ibinibida ng National Nutrition Council ang Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (o PPAN) sa selebrasyon ng Nutrition Month, na may temang “Sa PPAN: Sama-sama sa nutrisyong sapat para sa lahat!”. Ano nga ba

Read More »

Ipagtanggol ang mga katutubong tagapagtanggol

 32,576 total views

 32,576 total views Mga Kapanalig, noong Hunyo pinaputukan ng isang armadong grupo ang mga katutubong residente ng Maria Hangin Island sa Balabac, Palawan.  Nangyari ang insidenteng ito isang araw matapos pigilan ng mga residente ang mga tauhan ng Department of Agrarian Reform (o DAR) na dumaong sa isla. Magsagawa sana noon ng konsultasyon ang DAR, kasama

Read More »
catholink
Shadow
truthshop
Shadow

Related Story

Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

Lord Save Us! We Are Perishing! (Matthew 8:25)

 5,595 total views

 5,595 total views Lord Save Us! We Are Perishing! (Matthew 8:25) Pastoral Letter for the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan to be read as homily for all Masses for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, June 15 and 16, 2024  Beloved people of God in the Church of Lingayen Dagupan:  The threat is no longer imagined.  It is

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

WOUNDED FOR LOVE

 9,607 total views

 9,607 total views I am sure you know at least one person who has left the Church due to a hurtful experience within it. This individual, once identifying as Catholic, has abandoned their religion because of disappointment with a priest or with people in the Church. Perhaps they encountered a priest who was unfaithful to his

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

ASTONISHED

 36,314 total views

 36,314 total views In one short paragraph, Jesus astonished the people around Him for two significant reasons. Firstly, they were astounded by His preaching. Secondly, they were astounded by His healing. Why were they astonished by His preaching? Because He spoke only the truth. Truth possesses its own power. It requires no sugar coating. It needs

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

ASTONISHED

 36,955 total views

 36,955 total views In one short paragraph, Jesus astonished the people around Him for two significant reasons. Firstly, they were astounded by His preaching. Secondly, they were astounded by His healing. Why were they astonished by His preaching? Because He spoke only the truth. Truth possesses its own power. It requires no sugar coating. It needs

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

GOD DOES NOT LIKE MIRACLES

 36,954 total views

 36,954 total views By nature, we like miracles. When we hear about a miracle or read about it, we rush to the miracle site because we want to experience the supernatural through those miracles. Human beings probably like miracles a lot, but God does not like miracles. That is why miracles happen very rarely. God does

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

DISBELIEF

 36,953 total views

 36,953 total views The story of Zechariah is our story as well. Zechariah received a blessing. We all have been blessed at one point or another in the past. After Zechariah received the blessing, his response was doubt. His response was fear. His response was disbelief. Isn’t that what we often do after we are blessed

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

INSPIRATION!

 36,970 total views

 36,970 total views Once in a while, we come across children who have plenty of toys and children’s books, and yet go to their parents and say, “I am bored.” We see college students shifting from one course to another, not knowing what career path to take, and then they say life is boring. This attitude

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

BLINDNESS

 36,999 total views

 36,999 total views The blind man could not see. That is a fact. Yet, he warns to me that even if he could sense or see with his being, he could not see with his eyes, but he could sense with his heart. That is why he immediately felt the disgust of the crowd. That is

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

BE GRACIOUS

 37,279 total views

 37,279 total views In Grade 3, I learned a poem about good manners: Hearts, like doors, will open with ease With very, very little keys. But don’t forget that two of these Are thank you, sir, and if you please. People who are grateful, people who know how to say thanks sincerely, win the hearts of

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

WHY DO YOU GIVE?

 37,933 total views

 37,933 total views Why do people give? Why do people do good things for other people? Unfortunately, our motivations are not always clear and good. Unfortunately also, we are not always aware of the impurity of our motives. Why do people give and why do people do good things for other people? The first motivation, unexpressed

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

CLAY AND POTTER

 39,675 total views

 39,675 total views Most of us are familiar with the Serenity Prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” The prayer has been adapted by many rehabilitation programs for dependents on drugs, alcohol, gambling, and even

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

RESPECTFUL GOD

 40,663 total views

 40,663 total views Children are expected to respect their parents. Younger people are expected to respect their elders. The laity are expected to respect priests. The priests are expected to respect their bishops. And the principle is—the higher, the more experienced, the older, the more deserving of respect. If we follow the same principle, then God

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

PRAYER IS STRENGTH

 41,088 total views

 41,088 total views Prayer is our strength. Prayer is a strong tool. Where does prayer get its strength? The strength of prayer does not come from the one who prays. The strength of prayer comes from the one to whom it is addressed. In other words, prayer does not become a strong tool because we pray.

Read More »
Father Soc - Everyday Jesus
Most Rev. Socrates Villegas

LISTENING AND SPEAKING

 38,655 total views

 38,655 total views What is more difficult, to speak for eight hours or to listen for eight hours? What is more difficult, to speak for eight hours without eating or drinking, or to listen, seated for eight hours without eating or drinking? I think it is understandable that the speaker has a more tiring job than

Read More »

Latest Blogs

Scroll to Top