Cardinal Quevedo: Imitate Mary’s ‘inclusive compassion’
Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato delivers his homily during Mass at Baclaran Church in Parañaque City, April 26, 2017. ROY LAGARDE
MANILA— Cardinal Orlando Quevedo of Cotabato praised the rich devotion to Our Mother of Perpetual Help seeded in the hearts of many, and told them to be as merciful as her in that same unconditional way.
“Mary hears the cry of the poor. She is the model of the compassionate disciple. May we follow her in her love that is open to all, the rich and poor alike, the marginalized, those that are cast out of society,” he said.
Recalling that Mary is the merciful mother who suffered with her Son on the cross, he said that she is also “our mother who suffers with us and shares our sorrows and pain.”
Like Jesus, Quevedo said Mary’s compassion has no boundaries even for drug addicts— an apparent swipe at the spate of killings of suspected users and pushers of illegal narcotics.
“… May we imitate her compassion that embraces all those who suffer as victims of many injustices, addiction, victims of killings, those who suffer including ourselves,” he said.
The cardinal spoke to the thousands gathered at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help for Mass to end the third to the last day of the Baclaran International Pilgrimage-Congress.
With the theme, “Icon of Compassion: Our Mother of Perpetual Help in the 21st Century,” the gathering was organized to celebrate the 150th Jubilee of the Icon of the Blessed Mother.
In his homily, the cardinal said there is no mother on earth who can withstand the suffering of her beloved Son, “with indifference, without tears”.
And because the Blessed Virgin suffered the “depths of human suffering,” Quevedo said Mary can suffer with victims of calamities, crimes, human trafficking, poverty, social injustice, among others.
“And she cries when she hears the cry of the poor,” he also said.
“Our Lady is the face, the icon of compassion. If Jesus her Son represents or is the compassion of God, as theologians would say, then Mary perfectly reflects the compassion of her Son.”
He added: “Her love forgives even those who had led her Son to the most excruciating and humiliating slow death on the cross.” CBCPNews