His Eminence Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, OMI, manifested his being a teacher and pastor as he talked on “The Eucharist as Mission and Dialogue” at DBCS last September 14.
He noted that Eucharist as Mission is a major theme in the theological and pastoral reflection for the upcoming International Eucharistic Congress (IEC), and that it is necessary to realize “more deeply its implications on personal and communal life.”
Recalling his experience of a mother who lined up for communion and received the Sacred Host but gave it to her very young infant, Cardinal Quevedo asked the assembly to ponder on this all important question: “Do we really live what we celebrate?”
He emphasized that every celebration of the Eucharist is a dynamic commemoration of Christ’s Paschal Mystery. Paschal Mystery means “Christ in mission.”
Thus, by its very nature, the Eucharist has a missionary dimension.
This mission involves living the mystery of Christ’s love. It challenges us who celebrate the Eucharist and receive often Christ’s body and blood to be transformed by Jesus, so that like Him, we too can love one another unconditionally and without limit (cf. Jn 15:12).
In the second part of his talk, he developed the theme on “Mission as Dialogue.” In the same way that Jesus narrated stories, the Asian bishops also want to tell the story of Jesus over merely proclaiming Him. And in Asia, where there is a diversity of cultures and religions, this involves engaging in dialogue with people of other faiths. It entails using evocative language, following the example of Jesus who drew crowds because of his stories and parables.
Cardinal Quevedo is among the speakers in the IEC to be held in Cebu in January 2016. He was the secretary general of the Federation of Asian Bishops´ Conferences in 2005. A priest for over 50 years, he was elevated to the Cardinalate by Pope Francis on Feb 22, 2014.
The talk, a part of DBCS’s Ongoing Formation Seminar Series aims to look forward to the IEC next year. Its last speaker, Sr. Maria Anicica Co, RVM, is scheduled to deliver a talk on “The Eucharist, Mary and Evangelization” on November 9.
Dcn. Donnie Duchin Duya, SDB is taking his fourth year of studies to complete the Degree of Bachelor of Theology (BTh) in preparation for the priesthood. He regularly writes in Filipino a reflection on the Gospel for the Sunday liturgy as a service to catechists in his personal blog.