Apostolic administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo asked the faithful Sunday to help the poor and needy not only because they have extra resources.
“These calamities are strong calls for us to help one another. We help not only with what is extra for us, but even with what we need, because others are more in need,” the prelate said in his homily in a Mass in Manila for the celebration of the 4th World Day of the Poor and Alay Kapwa Sunday.
The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Commission on the Laity, Pabillo said with the spate of calamities, all are being challenged to “stand up together and put our resources together and help.”
He reminded the faithful that the blessings that they received from the Lord are not only for them.
“It is also for others. Let us use it for others,” said Pabillo.
He added that whatever they give to help others are not their loss.
“You didn’t lose your P5,000. You just deposited your money to the heavens. You just deposited it in exchange of heavenly gains,” said Pabillo.
“Let us invest what we have so that we may gain real wealth. Let us share our earthly wealth so that we can gain new, higher, and heavenly wealth,” he added.
The World Day of the Poor was established by Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera, that was issued on Nov. 20, 2016, to celebrate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. It is celebrated every 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
On this day, the Church is called to do acts of charity to brothers and sisters who are in most need of material goods and resources, as well as catering their own spiritual needs.
Churches also conducted a second collection in all Masses Sunday for its relief operations.