by Margaux Salcedo
This month as we celebrate Our Lady of Lourdes (last February 11), let's do a little throwback to last year when His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, now Cardinal Prefect of Propaganda Fide in Rome, officiated the International Mass at the Notre Dame de Lourdes on the Feast of Our Lady.
Tagle, a Filipino Cardinal, was Archbishop of Manila at the time and simultaneously President of Caritas Internationalis.
He delivered his homily in French.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Gokim Tagle's Homily
February 11, 2019
Santuary of Our Lady of Lourdes
On the Feast of the Lady of Lourdes and the World Day of the Sick ...
We come from different parts of the world and somehow experience the glory of the Lord shining upon this sacred space. Here we walk by the Lord's light, as Isaiah prophesied in the First Reading. Here, many pilgrims are getting a taste of a new Jerusalem coming from God. Here we are assured that God's being is with the human race, as John saw in the Second Reading.
This encounter with God today is real because Jesus is with us and will remain with us as he comes.
Jesus performed the first sign of God's presence in Cana, (and) he continues to do the same.
Today, Cana is Lourdes and Lourdes is Cana once more.
In the Gospel today of St. John, Jesus' first miracle happened at a wedding that was going bad because of the lack of wine. Wine should not run out during weddings! Wine signifies joy, just as a wedding signifies the joy of love and life.
Jesus was present in a wedding that was turning sour, sad, and dark, but Jesus saved the feast. From si