Bishop: ‘Jesus’ love for us not a gimmick’
Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani reminded the faithful how Christ’s love is genuine, self-giving, and sacrificial.
By Joselle Dela Cruz
June 12, 2018
A Catholic bishop on Friday stressed that the love of Jesus Christ for man is not a mere a “gimmick” but is authentic.
Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said the heart of Jesus is the sign of His genuine love.
“The proof is His heart. Pierced, out came blood [and] out came water … because the blood had run out. That’s how our Lord loves. His love is not a gimmick but is for real,” the prelate said in Filipino during a Mass on June 8 to celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus at the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Makati City.
Bacani also connected the reality of this love to Jesus’ commandment to the faithful to “love one another.”
“Spread His love to your fellowmen. That’s what He said, this is His commandment, love one another,” said the bishop.
According to Bacani, Jesus equated love for Him with love for one another. “Love your neighbor. Do not cheat your fellowman, don’t destroy [him], don’t betray him. ‘If you love me, love one another,’” he added.
He reminded the faithful to love one another genuinely to fulfill God’s commandment.
“Don’t make gimmicks. Do it for real. Prove your love to each other,” he said.
‘Not a gimmick’
In another Mass, Bacani said there are people who give kisses and take love just for “romantic excitement,” which is contrary to the love Jesus has shown.
“When Jesus showed love, it’s not for titillation. It’s not a gimmick, it’s not to cause a sensation. It is for real and He really wants to say, ‘I love you,’” he said in a homily at the Quiapo Church in this city.
Making an obvious reference to President Rodrigo Duterte’s much-talked about kissing of a married Filipina during a visit to South Korea, the bishop commented on how some people give kisses and declare that it is “meaningless” and “just a gimmick.”
“[Jesus says:] ‘I will not only kiss you, I will pour out My blood for you. I will give My life for you. I will not curse you, I love you,’” added Bacani.
“Let us not run from the love that chases us. Let us not reject the heart offered to us,” he added.
The first feast of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was celebrated on Aug. 31, 1670 in Rennes, France. The feast is celebrated 19 days after Pentecost.
Eucharistic Adoration, Act of Reparation, and the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament are observed in many churches in line with the feast.