Bishop Dinualdo ordained deacon Bro. Tyron Mamon Pancho, C.P., 10 August 2015, Holy Cross Spiritual Center, Calumpang, General Santos City. Twenty-five priests concelebrated.
Diakonia means service. Service of justice (Is. 42: 1-7). Service of love (1 Pet. 4: 7-11). Humble service (Mt. 20: 25-28)
Bro. Tyron will be ordained deacon today, God willing. Today, 10th August is the Feast of St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr. He was a deacon of Pope St. Sixtus the 2nd, dedicated to the service of the poor in Rome.
The Apostles ordained deacons“seven men of good reputation, filled with the Spirit and with wisdom” (Acts 6: 3). Initially they gave food to poor widows (Acts 6: 2). Later, they also proclaimed Christ, like Stephen and Philip (Acts, Chapter 7). Much later, Philip baptized a eunuch of the Queen of Ethiopia (Acts 8: 39).
From the Acts we learn that deacons served food, proclaimed Jesus Christ and baptized converts.
The proclamation of the Good News – Jesus Christ crucified and risen for our salvation is a message of salvation from sin and liberation from everything oppressive to human persons. “This is integral evangelization: proclamation of liberating salvation”, avers Blessed Paul VI (Apostolic Exhortation, “Evangelii Nuntiandi”, 8 Dec. 1975, n. 9)
Jesus Christ whom we proclaim will give us peace “a peace the world cannot give.” (Jh. 14: 27)
“Peace” says St. Augustine, “is the tranquility of order”. It means harmony by observing the right order. Harmony in our relation to God, our fellow human beings and nature – the planet Earth, “our common home” according to Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter, “Laudato Si’”, 24 May 2015.
Pope St. John XXIII maintains that “Peace on earth…can never be established, never guaranteed, except by diligent observance of the divinely established order” (Encyclical Letter, “Pacem in Terris”, 11 April 1963, n. 1).
Moral order’s “foundation is truth, and it must be brought into effect by justice. It needs to be animated and perfected by men’s love for one another, preserving intact freedom” (n. 37).
Pope St. John Paul II states in his Message for the World Day of Peace 2003, 8 Dec. 2002: “The four pillars of peace, essential conditions for peace, are truth, justice, love and freedom.”
“Truth will build peace if every individual sincerely acknowledges not only his rights but also his duties towards others.”
Justice will build peace if in practice everyone respects the rights of others and actually fulfills his duties towards them.”
“Love will build peace if people feels the needs of others as their own and share what they have with others, especially the values of mind and spirit which they possess.”
“Freedom will build peace and make it thrive if, in the choice of the means to that end, people act according to reason and assume responsibility for their own actions.” (n. 3)
Dear friends: today in our Diocese of Marbel there are four major projects that go against these four pillars of peace: (1) the proposed open-pit gold and copper project in Tampakan; (2) the on-going construction of the coal-fired power plant in Kamanga, Maasim; (3) the banana plantation in T’boli and Surallah that uses aerial spraying; and (4) the “e-gambling” being planned in General Santos City.
Let us ask God togive us the courage, like St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr, to fight these evils which adversely affect our people and Mother Earth, especially the indigenous people and the poor.
Deacon Tyron M. Pancho, C.P., was born on 28 December 1982, Polomolok. Parents: Priscillano Pancho and Eva Mamon Pancho. He has three brothers and a sister. Graduated from Dole Cannery Central Elementary School – 1996; Notre Dame of New Iloilo High School – 2000; University of San Carlos College – 2004; and Loyola School of Theology – 2013. First profession in 2011. Final 2015. Let us pray for his perseverance.