Bishop Dinualdo was the presider and homilist during the Chrism Mass, 31 March 2015 (Tuesday), Christ the King Cathedral, City of Koronadal. Eighty-two priests concelebrated – Passionist, Dominicans, Trappist and diocesan.
“The Spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor” (Lk. 4: 18; cf. Is. 6: 1)
To anoint means to receive power through the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament priests were anointed to offer sacrifices to God. Kings were anointed to govern God’s people.
Good news is Jesus Christ crucified and risen for our salvation. Jesus Christ who “loves us and has washed away our sins in his own blood.” (Rev. 1: 5-6 – 2nd reading).
Poor is any person in need. Materially poor, powerless, sick, sinner, lacking in knowledge. Example: the B’laans in Bongmal Territory which abuts the Municipalities of Kiblawan, Davao del Sur and Tampakan, South Cotabato.
These B’laans have been deprived of their right to the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC); oppressed by armed groups; exploited by SMI and some government officials; but are struggling – determined to defend their ancestral land, cost what may.
Chrism Mass is celebrated only in the Cathedral Church. All priests in the Diocese concelebrate to show their unity with the bishop.
Two important rites: (1) renewal of commitment to priestly services and (2) blessing of holy oils.
Pope Francis, in his first Chrism Mass celebrated on 28 March 2014 “called on the world’s priests to bring the healing power of God’s grace to everyone in need, to stay close to the marginalized and to be shepherds living with the smell of the sheep.”