Harana started at 4:15am. Mass, 4:45am, after Fr. Joan Paez impromptu advanced homily.
Presider and homilist – Bishop. Concelebrants: Fr. Romeo Buenaobra, Fr. Jo-an Paez, Fr. Ronald Plomillo, Fr. Ruben Ocino, Fr. Jefil Callego and Fr. Joemer Candido.
Bishop’s homily. Is. 58: 1-9. Fasting and lying in sackcloth and ashes are ways of doing penance. A better form of fasting is doing justice and acts of charity.
Resp. Ps.: Ps. 51: 3-4, 5-6, 18-19. “a broken humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.”
Gospel: Mt. 9: 14-15. “Wedding guests do not go in mourning” while “the groom is with them.” But “when the groom is taken away, then they will fast.”
Pope Francis’ Lenten Message, published 4 October 2014 speaks of Lent as “a time of renewal for all.”
Today, writes Pope Francis, in the midst of world-wide sufferings “our heart grows cold”. “This attitude of indifference has taken on global properties, to the extent we can speak of a globalization of indifference.”
To overcome this indifference, “we shall engage in the formation of the heart.” He exhorts us: ‘Fac cor nostrum secundum cor turum’ – ‘make our hearts like yours.’
Having a heart like Christ means (1) praying with the Church on earth and the Church in heaven. – the Church is a communion of saints; (2) doing acts of charity to our neighbors in need; (3) personal conversion – a broken, humbled heart…you will not scorn.
Pray that our national leaders, the legislators, the peace panel, the AFP-PNP and MILF would humbled themselves and be converted so that peace based on justice, love, truth and freedom – may reign in our land!