Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila presides at a Mass to celebrate National Bible Sunday at the Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills, Mandaluyong on January 24, 2021. | Photo by Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC
“It’s good that one source of our unity is that we have a Bible.”
This was the message of Bp. Broderick S. Pabillo, DD, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila in his homily during the celebration of the National Bible Sunday last January 24, 2021 at the Santuario de San Jose in Greenhills.
He said that we are still within the octave of Prayer for Christian Unity and the Bible is something that all the Christians in the Philippines have in common, the word of God in which God reveals himself.
“God speaks to us in so many ways – through creation, through our conscience, through the events that happen in our lives, through the people he sends, through the church, through the Bible, especially through His Son, Jesus Christ, the definitive Word of God to us. The Bible, on the other hand, is the written Word of God, it is a sign of God’s humility and sincerity that He puts himself on record,” he said.
The Bishop, who is also a Bible scholar, pointed out that if we seek to read and understand it, we will be guided by the same Holy Spirit who inspired the disciples and the apostles to write these scriptures.
“Seryosohin natin ang Bible hindi dahil sa gusto nating maging mga Bible scholars. Siniseryoso natin ito upang tayo’y mas maging malapit kay Hesus. Ang Bible ay ang Salita ng Diyos na nakasulat. Binabasa natin at inuunawa ang nakasulat upang mas maging mahigpit ang ating ugnayan kay Hesus, ang Salita ng Diyos na naging tao. When we read the Bible, Jesus, the Word of God, enters into us, He nourishes us and enlightens us, and transforms us,” the Bishop said.
Bp. Pabillo shared that we may know some of the passages and stories that are written in the Bible, but we may have not read the whole story from the beginning to the end.
The Bishop concluded by encouraging the faithful to hear the voice of the Lord by opening and reading the Bible.
(Rocelyn V. Garcia – Asst. Coordinator, Social Communications Ministry, St. Joseph Parish, Gagalangin, Tondo, Manila)