COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 910          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   11 January 2017


Date and venue:  10 January 2017.  Our Lady of Manaog Chapel, Dominican Fathers’ Compound, General Santos City.

Activities:  Morning praise with exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, shared snack and lunch, sharing by Bishop Dinualdo, concelebrated mass.

Bishop’s sharing on “Communion and Peace” (Highlights)

a. Communion

  • Communion is union of the Christians with God and with one another.
  • The early Christians were united: one faith, one body, one bread, communion of goods (cf. Acts 2: 42-47; 4: 32).

b. Peace

  • “Tranquility of Order” (St. Augustine). Order: 1st  2nd immaterial values. 3rd material things.
  • Four pillars of peace: truth, justice, love and freedom (Pope St. John XXIII, “Peace on Earth”).
  • Harmony in relations, respect for human rights, solidarity, promotion of the common good, care for the earth (PCP II).
  • Christ, our peace (Eph. 2: 14-17).

c. Attendance (62): 20 Religious and 42 diocesan.

N.B. Addenda on peace

Biblical peace (Hebrew “shalom”)

a. Old Testament

  • “Peace, which is a special characteristics of this covenant (Ezek. 37: 26), is built upon justice and fidelity to God’s law, as the prophets Jeremiah, Isaiah and Ezekiel already remind us (Jer. 6: 14, 8: 10-12; Is. 48: 18; Ezek. 13: 16)” (Joseph A. Komonchak, eds., The New Dictionary of Theology, Daughters of St. Paul, Philippines, 1991, p. 749).
  • “The final stage, the Messianic time, is described as one in which the effects of justice and integrity will be peace (Is. 32: 15-20), in which there will be no need for instrument of war (Is. 2: 4; Mi. 4: 3), since righteousness and peace will embrace (Ps. 85: 10-11)”. (Komonchak, ibid.)

b. New Testament

“The New Testament depicts the post-resurrection gift of peace with which Jesus greets his followers as a peace which the world cannot give (Jh. 14: 27), the fullness of salvation, the reconciliation of the world and God (Rom. 5: 1-2; Col. 1: 20), the restoration of the unity and harmony of all creation for which the OT hoped (Eph. 2: 15-23; Gal. 3: 28-29)” (Komonchak, op.cit., pp. 749-750).

c. Commentaries

  • Biblical peace is not only the absence of war. “It also indicates the well-being of daily existence, the state of man who lives in harmony with nature, with himself, with God” (Xavier Léon-DuFour, Dictionary of Biblical Theology, updated 2nd, p. 411).
  • “Peace is the fullness of happiness” (Xavier Léon DuFour, cit., p. 412).
  • “In Hebrew peace is never only a negative state; it never means only the absence of trouble; in Hebrew peace always means everything which makes for man’s highest good… In the Bible peace means not only freedom from all trouble; it means enjoyment of all good” (William Barclay, The Gospel of Matthew, Vol. 1, rev.ed., p. 108).

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