One of the anecdotes told about His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle happened when he was still Bishop of the Diocese of Imus. He was going to a local Parish Church to say Mass, to replace a priest who was unable to come. Some of the Church volunteers didn’t realize who he was until introduced properly at the start of the Celebration.
We know also of others who are contented to stay in the background and when we realized who they really were, we admired their humility and simplicity. In the Gospel (Mt. 16: 13-20), when Jesus asked his disciples, Peter made the profession of faith in the Lord as the Messiah,
“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus then said to Peter,
“…you are Peter, and upon this rockI will build my Church.”
Then He strictly ordered His disciples to tell no one that He is the Christ.
Rather than ask His disciples to spread word that He is the Messiah, Jesus wants to keep His identity strictly a secret. He wants the disciples and the people to discover Him by themselves, and not in that popular kind of way. When the Lord was walking the earth with them, He wanted them to develop that kind of trust through the power of faith. It was only later after He was Crucified, Risen and Ascended into Heaven were they called to preach the Gospel and openly talk about the identity of the Lord.
As His own modern-day disciples, we are called not only to preach the Lord’s identity but also more importantly get to know Christ more personally. He wants us to know Him better and more intimately for the good of our own souls. When we hear Jesus Christ’s name proclaimed in Mass and worship services, we should acknowledge His Divinity and come to His awesome presence. He wants to get closer with us in a more intimate kind of way.
In this time of the pandemic, reflect on your faith in Jesus: Do you believe in Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength?
Let us pray for faith especially in these trying times, that we may persevere and stay with Him until the end.
“Lord, your love is eternal; do not forsake the work of your hands.”(cf.Ps. 138: 8bc)