Sobbing Taclobanons are seen when Pope Francis delivered his Homily in the Holy Mass held in Tacloban on Saturday, January 17, 2015.
Devotees in Tacloban could not hold their tears when Pope Francis delivers his moving homily during the holy mass in Tacloban Airport on Saturday.
Below is the transcript of his Homily during the Holy Mass in Tacloban Airport.
Jesus is like us, lived like us. He is the same as us in every respect, except sin because he was not a sinner.
But to make himself similar to us, He assumed our condition and our sin.
Fourteen months after Yolanda hit, it is because we have the security of knowing we are not going to weaken in our faith.
Jesus has been there before us. In his passion, he assumed all our pain.
When I saw in Rome that catastrophe, I felt that I had to be here. In those very days, I decided to come here.
I am here to be with you. A little bit late, I have to say, but I am here.
I have come to tell you that Jesus is Lord, and he never lets us down.
Father, you might say to me, I was let down because I have lost so many things.
It’s true if you might say that, and I respect those sentiments.
But Jesus there, nailed to the cross, and from there, he does not let us down.
He was consecrated as Lord on that throne, and from there he experienced all calamities that we experienced.
Jesus is Lord, and the Lord from the cross, he is there for you.
Therefore, he is capable of understanding us. As we heard in the first reading. In everything, the same as us.
God is capable of understanding us, walking with us, crying with us, in the most difficult moments of life.
So many of you have lost everything. I don’t know what to say to you. But the Lord does know what to say to you.
Some of you have lost part of your families. All I can do is keep silence. I walk with you all with my silent heart.
Many of you have asked the Lord, “Why, Lord?” and to each of you, Christ responds from his heart upon the cross.
I have no more words to tell you. Let us look to Christ. He is the Lord.
He understands us because he underwent all the trials that we, you, have experienced.
Beside the cross was his mother.
In the moments that we have so much pain, all we can do is grab hold of her hand firmly
We say “Mom” as a child does to her mother when he/she feels fear. It is perhaps the only word we can say in difficult times
Let us hold a moment of silence. Let us look to the Christ on the cross. He understands us because he endured everything.
Let us look to our mother, and like that little child, let us grab hold of her mantle. And with a true heart, say “Mother.”
We are not alone. We also have many brothers, who in this moment of catastrophe came to help you.
Because of this, we feel more brothers and sisters because we helped each other.
This is what comes to my heart, & forgive me if I have no words to express this. But please know, Jesus never lets you down.
With the power that comes from Jesus on the cross, let us move forward and walk together.
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