Seek ‘spiritual guidance, understanding’ in choosing leaders, faithful urged

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THE faithful should seek spiritual guidance and understanding in choosing the next leaders in the upcoming May 2022 election.

This was what Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said during his homily during the first day of the Misa de Gallo at the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Carcar City on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

“Our prayers are important so that we will know that the leaders we are going to choose can provide genuine service,” Palma said in Cebuano.

Quoting Pope Francis, Palma said that we should have an active interest in politics since it is one way of serving the community.

The prelate also highlighted the story of St. John the Baptist and correlated the baptism of Jesus Christ to the Island of Cebu being the place for the first baptism in the country.

“Baptism is our first answer to the invitation of our Lord that we should live under His grace,” said Palma.

Palma also said the people should emulate St. John that while waiting for the coming of Jesus Christ, he preached prophecy like “a burning and shining lamp.”

Attending the first dawn mass out of nine masses is also a way of waiting for the birth of Jesus Christ and we should also prepare like what St. John did, he added.

“The child who was born in the manger will enter in our heart and through our prayers, our path will lead us to the father,” Palma said.

Palma will be holding Misa de Gallo in Cebu’s nine oldest parishes and on Friday, December 17, he will hold Misa de Gallo at the Archdiocesan Shrine of San Nicolas de Tolentino in Barangay San Nicolas, Cebu City.

Palma said that historically, the first mass that he will preside over is at the Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Bantayan Island in Northern Cebu but because of the threat of Typhoon Odette, they have decided to start in Carcar. / IRT

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