Love in Tagalog
To preach to the Filipinos in Tagalog is to transmit Jesus' love in their own language and for Manoli it was as if she was washing the feet of those entrusted to her by Him. She transmits it to us in a very beautiful sharing of her first input in an Easter Celebration.
Dear friends and followers of our website!
I am Manoli and I have been in Malasiqui, Pangasinan (Philippines) for the past year and a half. This was my second Easter Celebration in the Philippines, but actually I felt like it was the first as last year I was still studying the language and I could only take part by being physically present. This year I was involved in the preparation and I was able to share with people.
It was lovely to see how God works in each person and in each chapel as well. We have been entrusted with the care of five chapels in two different neighbourhoods and our goal was to celebrate Holy Week and Easter all together as a community. Every day the celebrations took place in a different chapel to help build up unity among the faithful from the five chapels.
Another positive aspect was the Way of the Cross prepared by the youth of one of the chapels with our help. They acted out some of the stations which helped us to deepen in both the total self-giving of Christ for us and His great humility.
Personally what helped me most was Holy Thursday where I prepared a short introduction for the washing of the feet. It was a meaningful experience because it was the first time that I preached in Tagalog, the people’s native language. I felt the need to help everyone understand in their own language, how Jesus poured out His love for us. But I felt limited and I realised that I wasn’t able to express well enough what I wanted to transmit. Then I understood that Jesus wanted me to know, that all my effort to share in their language was already a way of washing their feet, and that I was transmitting the love of Christ for each one of them. At the same time, I also understood that Jesus wanted me to let him wash my feet, as a way of thanking me for all the effort I have put in to learning the language, being able to preach in Tagalog already when a year ago I could hardly say a word.
It’s so helpful to see how grateful the people in the Philippines are for my efforts to speak. I don't know if they were able to understand me, but they were receptive. They never expect you to speak perfectly, and they always make the effort to understand us which encourages us to keep learning.
I am very happy to be able to share my faith with this people!