1. Bishop’s 76th Birthday, 20th February

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!

Back to: COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop (No. 808 February 20, 2015)

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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