CEBU Archbishop Jose Palma in his homily for the Ash Wednesday mass on Feb. 17, 2021, said that Ash Wednesday, which signals the start of the season of Lent, is a reminder for everyone of their human mortality.
Citing the traditional formula for the placing of ashes on the forehead, “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return,” Palma called on the faithful to repent their sins and reconcile with God.
“It is a part of life. The time will come for us to reunite with the Lord,” he said noting his fellow bishops and the well-known politicians in Cebu who recently passed away.
Palma celebrated a mass for the Ash Wednesday at the Cebu Archbishop’s Palace. Though it was physically attended only by the members of his household, the mass was livestreamed on the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu’s Facebook page.
Palma said though people commit sins, what is important is for the people to acknowledge their imperfections and be willing to repent and to change for the better.
He also highlighted the importance of contemplating one’s purpose and legacy in life.
He reminded the faithful to be aware of their mission in life and think of what they can do to make their lives, a gift from the Lord, become meaningful and translate it as a gift for their fellow as well.
Among the examples he laid include the simple way of life of some people who serve as inspiration to many.
He also made mention parents who devote their lives to loving their children who become their legacy in this world.
“I know someone from my hometown, he was 97 years old when he died. His children were so content knowing that their father will be remembered for loving their mother, for making ends meet so he could send them to school and for guiding them,” he said.
He also reminded the baptized Catholics of their obligation to pray, on this holy day of prayer, and the obligation to fast and extend help to the less fortunate. (WBS)