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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.”

The Three (3) major symbols of the Coat of Arms represent the three jurisdictions that comprise the Diocese of Kalookan; namely:

* The Monument at the very center represents Caloocan City from which the name of the Diocese was derived;

* The Fishes on the right represent the City of Malabon; and

* The Banca on the left represents the Municipality of Navotas.

The red color of the lower half of the insignia symbolizes not only the valor of martyrdom of our Philippine heroes with which Kalookan is noted for, but, more importantly, the sanguine ardor, fortitude and love of the Diocese of Kalookan in the fulfillment of her mission.

The blue color of the upper half of the insignia denotes the Marian Character of the diocesan ministry.

The Cross on the top of the insignia signifies the centrality of Jesus Christ in the life and function of the entire Diocese of Kalookan while the dove, hovering above the monument, represents the Holy Spirit sanctifying the lives of the People of God – the bishop, priests, religious men and women and the laity – in the new diocese.

The theme, the latin words: “DUC IN ALTUM” (Lk. 5:4) – “put out into the deep” – binds together all the elements of the insignia and captures the spirit and direction of the Diocese of Kalookan in the Third Christian Millennium.

Ang Escudo ng Lub. Kgg. Pablo Virgilio S. David ay nahahati sa dalawang bahagi.

I. Ang kaliwang bahagi ay patungkol sa Diyosesis ng Kalookan.

Kaliwang bahagi, gawing itaas: ang bangka, lambat at pulutong ng isda ay sagisag ng tubigan sa mga pamayanang sakop ng Diyosesis ng Kalookan – ang mga lungsod ng Malabon at Navotas; nagpapagunita sa pagtawag ng Panginoon sa mga unang alagad sa pampang ng lawang Galilea, na pumalaot upang maging mamalakayang tao.

Kaliwa bahagi, gawing ibaba: ang Monumentoni Andres Bonifacio – Sagisag ng Kabayanihan at Kalayaan na sumasalubong sa mga manlalakbay mula sa Norte sa Lungsod ng Caloocan papasok ng Maynila.

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