By Leslie Ann Aquino
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Saturday asked participants of the Walk for Life to treat life as a gift from God and not as a commodity.
“Life is a gift from God, but if we don’t look at it as a gift and just something that we can use, it is easy for us to do away with it,” he said in his homily during his Mass at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.
His Eminence blamed such mentality to a culture that has become pragmatic and materialistic.
“We don’t notice it, but we suddenly look at everything as a commodity, thing,” said Tagle.
“We think if this material is not useful to me, I will get rid of it, I will throw it away, I will eliminate It because it has become useless,” he added.
Due to such mentality, the cardinal said we lose the sense of gift that God has given to us.
Cardinal Tagle said one should be thankful for the gift of life that they receive by taking care of it.
“A gift should not be taken for granted. A gift is something that we should be thankful for because that is a fruit of the love of the one who gives it,” he said.
He then appealed to the around 2,000 participants to appreciate and respect life as a gift.
“Bring back our appreciation and respect for life. We are not material things, we are human beings with life,” Tagle said.
To note, the Walk for Life is being held to protest the extrajudicial killings in the country allegedly brought about by the war on drugs.
Participants even carried banners with the message: Stop the Killings.
Other messages in the banners are No to Cha-cha and Protect the Dignity and Sanctity of Marriage.
In a separate interview, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo stressed the need for everyone to remain vigilant amid the continued killings.
“Regardless if the killings are few…it’s still happening. There is also the death penalty. These are threats to life. That’s why we have to remain vigilant as a people,” he said.
Organised by the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas, the Walk for Life activity in Manila was also held simultaneously in Cebu, Laguna, Tarlac and Cagaya de Oro.