Palma tells priests to have close relationship, listen to the people
CEBU CITY, Phiilippines — Remember that we belong to God and preserve closeness to His people.
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma has called on priests to live their vocation vows of committing their lives to God and to the communities that they serve as the religious ministry enters into the observance of the Holy Week.
“Tanan kitang mga priests gitawag sa pagbag-o sa atong saad. Duha ka mga giya ang gusto nako nga atong pamalandungan gikan sa duha ka Santo Papa, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis,” Palma said.
(All of us are called to renew our vows, and I would like us to reflect on two words from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Pope Francis.)
“From Pope Benedict XVI, mga hinigugma, may we all be reminded that we belong to God, kita tanan nga binunyagan. Tingali kakahinumdom kita, part of our ordination [rites] is when we place our hands on the hands of the bishop, it is a simple gesture that we commit ourselves to God,” he added.
(All of us, my beloveds, belong to God. If we remember during our ordination, we place our hands on the hands of the bishop as a simple gesture that we commit ourselves to God.)
During last year’s Chrism Mass, Palma, who also celebrated the Mass, encouraged the priests then to rediscover the joy of priestly vocation.
During today’s, April 11, Chrism Mass, Palma encouraged the priests to continue being faithful to the vows despite temptations that might arise as they would spend a longer time in the ministry.
Pope Francis also said that as representations of the Church, the priests should maintain their closeness to the people and listen to their needs similar to how Jesus Christ lived.
“One sign unta nga mahimong bahin sa atong pagkapari is closeness to the people. Preserve our closeness to the people like Jesus did. Listen to God, listen to the needs of the people, of the sick, of the prisoners, of the poor,” said Palma.
(One sign for us as part of our being a priest is the closeness to the people. Preserve our closeness to the people like Jesus did. Listen to God, listen to the needs of the people, of the sick, of the prisoners, of the poor.)
“Because we commit ourselves to God, as we journey into our ministry, we should also live with all signs that we commit ourselves to God,” Palma said.
On Thursday, April 11, at least 400 diocesan priests and 300 religious priests from the Archdiocese of Cebu has renewed their commitment to the priestly service during the Chrism Mass held at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.
The Archdiocese of Cebu is composed of 169 parishes in 24 vicariates spread throughout its seven districts./dbs
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