Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez ordained priest Tyron Pancho, CP, 23 February 2016, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, General Santos City. Fr. Wilfredo Estraza, CP, is the parish priest. He was presented for ordination by Very Reverend Apolinario Plaza, CP, Provincial, Passionist Fathers, Philippines. Short but uplifting ordination rites! Forty-two priests concelebrated. Bishop presided and delivered a short (7 minutes?) homily/catechesis.
Bishop’s full homily with catechesis.
God appointed Jeremiah prophet to the nations “to root up and to tear down, to destroy and demolish, to build and to plan” (Jer. 1: 10). Peter exhorts priests to tend the flock of God…willingly…not for shameful profit” (1Pet. 5: 2-3). Like Jesus priests should be humble and use their authority to serve others even at the cost of one’s life (cf. Mk. 10: 41-45).
Catechesis has four (4) parts:
- Priests’ exclusive powers: sacrament of Eucharist and sacrament of reconciliation.
Jesus Christ confers two powers in the Rites of Priestly Ordination: (1) to change the substance of the bread and wine into His body, Blood, Soul and divinity; and (2) to forgive sins of the repentant sinner and reconcile the sinner to God and the Christian community.
We observe two (2) things in the Eucharist: (1) Christ’s real presence; and (2) mission to share Christ to others.
Faith teaches us that Christ is really present, body, blood, soul and divinity, whole and entire, in each particle (small part) of the consecrated host and in each drop (droplet) of the consecrated wine.
1) In 700 heresies about the real presence were in many places in Europe. Even priests doubted Christ’s real presence. One, was a Basilian monk of the Congregation of St. Brasil.
One day while celebrating mass in the old Latin Rite with his back towards the people he pronounced over the host and wine, “This is my Body, this is my Blood”, respectively. Then his hands trembled. His body began to shake. His fear turned into joy when he realized he was holding a living flesh and blood! He turned to the people and invited them to approach the altar and witness the miracle! People started to groan, weep, repent and praise God. They were all converted. Believers in Christ’s real presence.
This Eucharistic miracle took place in a small Church dedicated to St. Longinus in Lanciano, Chieti, Italy, some 270 kms. east of Rome. Now, it is the Church of San Francisco when administration of the parish was transferred to the Franciscan Conventuals.
Church’s authorities had the incident thoroughly investigated since 1574. But the most scientific, rigorous tests were conducted in 1970 in the sacristy of the Church by Dr. OduardoLinoli and Dr. RuggeroBertelli, both experts, in the presence of Church authorities. Findings: Flesh is real flesh, from the heart. Blood, real. Both human. Flesh and Blood same type – AB. Blood coagulated in five drops. Total weight – 15.85 grams. Whether weigh individually, in combination with another, the same 15.85 grams. Whether weighed individually, in combination with another, the same 15.85 grams. In 1973 the World Health Organization conducted 500 tests. All confirmed the findings of Dr. Linoli. Science stops where mystery begins!
2) The Eucharistic celebration in the Church ends when the priest says, “Go…and preach the Good News.” Jesus Christ crucified, risen and triumphant is the Good News. Through His passion, death, resurrection, he reconciled us with God the Father, made us holy and untied with God. “One, holy society” is the goal of God’s plan of salvation as mentioned by St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians (cf. 1: 4-10).
How do we achieve this vision of one, holy society? Through our mission of Renewed Integral Evangelization (RIE).
What are the components of this RIE? Three: (1) renewed catechesis – integral (integrating faith and life), contextualized (situated in current time and specific place), inculturated into the ways of thinking, willing and behaving of Filipinos, using personal witnessing and teamwork; (2) renewed worship – inspiring homilies, new mass settings, simple but meaningful indigenous arts and people’s active participation; and (3) renewed social apostolate: focused on current burning issues such as climate change/global warming, good governance, poverty incidence alleviation/reduction; peace and order; trafficking in drugs, guns, women, children, etc.
Pope Francis in his encyclical letter on Ecology “Laudato Si’” proposes two solutions: (1) personal conversion through integral faith formation; and (2) total social structures transformation (TSSI) through massive education on ecology. The current model of development is mainly economic and exclusive. Add: political/democratic, ethical/moral, indigenous cultures and principles of ecology.
2. Edsa 1 Revolution (1986) is significant! It means united people power with God’s blessing destroyed the dictatorial system – one man rule. But corruption persists. Our mission is good governance to achieve one, holy society.
3. Election 2016
To have good governance we need good national leaders especially good President. A good president is (1) committed to promote the common good (inclusive growth); (2) competent to handle resources – human, financial and material to promote the good of everyone; (3) credible, could be trusted to use honestly peoples’ money; and (4) compassionate, willing to rehabilitate hardened criminals, not to kill them. Vote conscientiously! Boycott is not a Christian option.
Fr. Tyrone, remain faithful to God and God’s people; your vows of chastity, obedience, poverty and devotion to Jesus’ passion; as stewards of God’s creation and parish goods; and shepherd of God’s flock be with them, front, center and rear. Difficult but possible mission, Christ is in you. We are with you.
Fr. Tyron M. Pancho was born in Polomolok on 28 December 1982. Father: Presillano. Mother: Eva PleñaMamon. Graduated Elementary, Dole Cannery – 1996. High School, Notre Dame of New Iloilo, 2000; College, University of San Carlos, 2004, Theology, Loyola School, Quezon City, 2014. Perpetual vows: June 11, 2015. Deacon – August 10, 2015. Siblings: 3 brothers and a sister. Middle child.