Faithful reminded: Unity, not ‘divorce’ is true will of God
Hosted by the Diocese of Novaliches, the 7th Biblical Apostolate Assembly for the National Capital Region was spearheaded by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate (CBCP ECBA). Its theme was “Kabataang Tinawag ng Word of God Tungo Sa Paglilingkod” (Youth Called By The Word Of God Towards Service). DANIEL ABIAD
By Minnie Agdeppa
Oct. 29, 2018
Though there is much temptation in society today to terminate relationships as soon as it fails to fulfill one’s expectations, a priest reminded church servants to always strive for unity, during the closing Mass of the 7th Biblical Apostolate Assembly for the National Capital Region held Oct. 6at the St. Peter Parish Shrine of Leaders in this city.
“Whenever we think of separating ourselves, whenever we think of leaving someone who we should be with, help, accompany, that is not from God. God wills that we are united, that we are together, that we help each other,” said Mary the Queen parish priest Msgr. Jesus Romulo Ranada in his homily on the Gospel reading about the Pharisees discussing divorce with Jesus.
Filipinos love separation
The priest said divorce does not “only happen in marriage.”
“This is true in our lives, in our parishes, in our relationships, where we are brought to occasions that prompt us to be separated: divorce,” he explained to the assembly gathered in the Fr. Gerardo Tapiador Hall of the said venue.
“This happens in our apostolate: when we do not agree with each other, we separate. In our parishes: when we are not given attention, we separate ourselves,” he added, “We Filipinos love separation.”
Msgr. Ranada recalled ministering to OFWs in Belgium. He said there were many associations there because every time they disagreed among themselves, members would “divorce” then form new, separate groups.
“But what is really God’s will? To be on our own? To separate from each other?” He asked his listeners composed of almost 400 Biblical apostolate members from the Dioceses of Cubao, Kalookan, Manila, Paranaque, Pasig, and Novaliches.
God’s desire for unity
He said that although sometimes one is “overwhelmed by one’s emotions of disappointments, of the desire to leave, to be free, to separate like that of an aggrieved spouse,” one should instead pray and reflect if one is “doing God’s will” and “promoting unity” or actually causing conflict.
He also prompted the faithful to reflect on ways to align oneself to God’s desire for people, for families, and for the Church to be united.
“Whether in marriage or in any relationship within the family or in our parishes or Dioceses, let us be one,” he pointed out, “And that is precisely the reason why Jesus came into this world: to bring peace and reconciliation to everyone. To every one!”
Year of the Youth
Hosted by the Diocese of Novaliches, the 7th Biblical Apostolate Assembly for the National Capital Region was spearheaded by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Biblical Apostolate (CBCP ECBA). Its theme was “Kabataang Tinawag ng Word of God Tungo Sa Paglilingkod” (Youth Called By The Word Of God Towards Service), in line with the celebration of the Year of the Youth in the Philippines from Nov. 26, 2018 until Oct. 25, 2019.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, D.D. graced the event along with guest speakers who shared the importance of the Word of God and its proclamation to the Youth of today.