Bishop: ‘No simple life without Jesus’
Bayombong Bishop Jose Elmer Mangalinao during a concelebrated Mass in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, Oct. 4, 2018 MA. CHRISTINA ENCINAS
By Myraine Joly Carluen – Policarpio
Oct. 7, 2018
“The simple life of St. Francis gave him the freedom to give everything to God. There is no simple life if you are not focused on Christ.”
This was the message of Bayombong Bishop Jose Elmer Mangalinao during a concelebrated Mass in honor of St. Francis of Assisi at the parish of St. Francis of Assisi in this city, Thursday, Oct. 4.
According to him, life and transformation of the patron of ecologists is proof that “with God no one is an outcast… With God every life has hope.”
Life after sin
“The eyes of Saint Francis of Assisi are fixed on Jesus,” said Mangalinao, exhorting the faithful to do the same.
“If our eyes are fixed on Jesus, there will be life after sin; there will be light after darkness,” he explained. “St. Francis, before becoming a saint, he lived a troubled life, he is a sinner and he is telling you and me that sinners, by the touch of God, [have] a future.”
Meanwhile, the prelate also told the faithful that being active in the Church will not get them to heaven. The only way, he said, is by “being sensitive” to the presence of God in one’s life.
Sensitive to God
“On this feast of Saint Francis, whose life is so simple, who is so sensitive and is so spontaneous in giving, in loving, in forgiving, he is telling us to fix our eyes on Jesus,” stressed Mangalinao.
After the Mass, the faithful joined a procession of the images of prominent Franciscan saints as well as the patron saints of nearby parishes that flourished in Meycauayan.