The Philippine National Police led by Chief PGen. Debold Sinas attended the celebration of the Holy Eucharist held at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception or Manila Cathedral on March 7, 2021, Third Sunday of Lent also known as the Blue Mass. It was presided over by Fr. Kali Llamado, Vice-Rector of the Manila Cathedral.
The Blue Mass is a tradition from the United States that is annually celebrated in the Catholic Church for those employed in the “public safety field”.
In his homily, Fr. Llamado welcomed the PNP officials as pilgrims who partake in the church’s celebration of the 500 Years of the Arrival of Christianity in the Philippines.
“We are very happy to welcome you here for joining us in the 500 years of Christianity celebrations, this Sunday not only them but all the police officers all around the country are joining in the celebration, the commemoration of the 500 Years of Christianity,” Fr. Llamado said.
“We welcome you not as police officers today but we welcome you as pilgrims in this Church, in this Cathedral, the first cathedral in the country, the Mother Church of our country,” Fr. Llamado added.
In line with the celebration of the 500 Years of Christianity, Fr. Llamado focused his homily on the importance of the symbol of water, “the cleansing waters of Baptism.”
“And this water has the power to cleanse, it has the power to change us, the power for conversion, when we were baptized were changed from darkness into light, from children of this world to children of God,” he said.
The priest also reminded the faithful that the waters of Baptism do not only clean our physical body. He reminded them that it Jesus who cleans our mind, heart and soul.
“My dear brothers and sisters, we were sprinkled with holy water, we were cleansed by the waters of baptism. But Jesus reminds us today, he does not only cleanse your physical body but Jesus cleans our mind, our heart, our soul,” he said.
“Let us be reminded that the waters of baptism should change our mindset, change our heart, lead to the conversion of our conscience especially this season of Lent,” he added.
Also present at the mass and concelebrated were the Police-chaplains who serve in the Military Ordinariate of the Philippines, Fr. Jason Ortizo, Fr. Jim Cerina and Fr. Julius Cruz. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)