Dear Parishioners of Our Lady of Mercy,
What a celebration we had last weekend for my twenty years of priesthood! You put together such a great party. It was so heartwarming to experience the love you have for me and for our parish. I want to thank you so much, my dear parishioners, for your contributions and participation.
A special thanks to Father Tom, Tina Lanting, Jojo Paloma, Jeng Villa, Michael Rivera, our Deacons, the ministers, the decorating team, and the food servers.
My thanks also goes to all those who performed at the program in the Maria Room, namely, Deacon Meynard, Deacon Edwin, Gene and Alex Ramos, Florence Ria Villa, Zach Zulueta and the children for the Happy Anniversary acrostic. I also appreciate all those who helped to maintain an orderly and safe environment. Everything was very well done! Kudos to all of you.
I am beyond grateful for being in this parish. There is no word that can describe how I felt last weekend upon seeing all of you, accepting your well-wishes and love. Please continue to pray for me, Father Tom, and all priests. We really need God’s help to carry on the mission that Christ has entrusted to us. Honestly, it is not easy doing it in this day and age, but with God’s grace we do our best to fulfill our ministry. Without Him we can do nothing.
It is so appropriate that this weekend we are celebrating the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, The King of the Universe. He is our King and so we obey His commands because we know that it is for our own good and the salvation of our souls.
We know that a king is usually understood as someone chosen by God. Not necessarily by heredity, although human kings are generally descended from royal blood. But the idea is the same, kings are chosen by God and not by their subjects. Kings are anointed, that is where the word “Christ” comes from. The man, Jesus, was the “Anointed One,” the “Messiah,” The Christ. He was endowed by God’s grace with all the gifts and power he needed to serve the people of God and to lead them into union with the Father.
Jesus is still the Christ, the Anointed One of God, our Messiah, our Savior, who continues to lead God’s people into union with God through the Holy Catholic Church˗ have no doubt about that. This Church of ours is not a perfect society that is comprised of perfect people. But we are who we are by the grace of God. We are God’s chosen people, and we are called to bear the name of Jesus and to carry on the mission of sanctifying our world. Thank God for that!
And speaking of thanking God, I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving Day! May we always be grateful each and every day for all we have.
God bless you all!