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WHEN HEAVEN WEPT

Friday, 17 June 2016 00:10

Gospel: John 3:16ff.By Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. DavidSanta Quiteria Parish ChurchDiocese of KalookanCaloocan city

Dear brother priests in the Diocese of Kalookan, especially the parish priest of Santa Quiteria Parish, Fr. George Alfonso, MSC, the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart here present today, the other guest priests, the De los Santos family, brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you for joining us in this Funeral Mass for the eternal repose of KIan Lloyd de los Santos.

Every human being has parents, even if some parents might choose not to acknowledge them. Jesus too was a human being; he too had parents. He acknowledged Mary and Joseph as his parents.

It is normal for a son or daughter to bury a dead parent. What we are doing today is not so normal; it is the parents who are burying their child. It’s a reversal of roles. It is not right.

It is not easy to condole with parents who have lost a child. You cannot just say, “I know what you are going through,” if you have never lost and buried a child who is at the prime of his youth and is just learning to weave his dreams. In such circumstances, it is better to keep quiet.

But there is one mother who can truly condole with Lorenza today–The Blessed Mother Mary. She has the right to say to Lorenza, “I know what you feel; I also lost my son. Like your son, he was also arrested, beaten up, and murdered, even though he was innocent.”

For us Christians, Jesus is not just a human being. We profess faith in him as a Son of God. And so even God the Father in heaven has a right to say to Zaldy today: “I know what you feel; I also lost a son. I gave him up, for love of you.” That is the reason why I chose the famous John 3:16 for our Gospel today. “For God so loved the world, He gave us His only Son so that all who believe might not perish but might have eternal life.”

By: Bishop Ambo David, DD

Wacky pose with kids in the slums in the vicinity of Birhen ng Lujan Parish in Caloocan city. They don't look like they've just lost their houses to a recent fire. Eighty-four "dwellings" in a 30m. x30 m. piece of lot were razed to the ground. With me are Fr. Luis and Fr James, two religious priests presently assigned as parish priest and parish vicar, respectively, in that parish.

They took the initiative of getting the parish community (with help from some benefactors) to help rebuild the homes of these families. On this day of their parish fiesta and mothers' day, a little break consists in a basketball league game for kids.

I am pointing at the basketball goal, with the little alley as the court. Not one sad face in the photo.

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