Uphold Unity amidst Diversity as embodied by the Holy Trinity – Bishop Pabillo

“Our oneness does not dissolve our differences, and the differences do not break our unity.”

As the Catholic Church worldwide celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity on Sunday, May 30, Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo reminded the faithful of God’s challenge to keep solidarity in the midst of diversity.

Speaking before the community of the Most Holy Trinity Parish in Balic-Balic, Sampaloc, Bishop Pabillo emphasized the role of the Trinity as “a model of all kinds of relationships”, most especially in the family and the Church.

“Sa Santatlo, ang Ama ay Diyos, ang Anak ay Diyos, ang Espiritu Santo ay Diyos. Iisang Diyos lang sila. Pero ang Ama ay hindi ang Anak at ang Anak ay hindi ang Espiritu Santo. Magkaiba sila pero iisa lang sila. Iyan po ang pagmamahal. Love makes us one but respects and promotes our individualities,” Bp. Pabillo said in his homily,” he said.

“Iyan ang hamon ng Diyos sa atin sa ating pakikipag-ugnay sa isa’t isa. Makikita natin ito sa ating pamilya. Hindi naman magkapareho ang pagkatao, ang ugali, at ang pananaw ni Tatay, ni Nanay, ni Bunso at ni Ate. Pero kung mabuting pamilya sila, nagkakaisa sila sa pagmamahalan at sa kanilang pagkilos. Ganoon din sa Simbahan. Iba ang katangian ng mananampalataya sa Africa kaysa sa Brazil. May kakaibang debosyon tayong mga Pilipino kaysa mga Katoliko sa South Korea. Pero iisang simbahan lang tayo, nabibilang sa iisang katawan ni Kristo,” he added.

The Apostolic Administrator also stressed the importance of Basic Ecclesial Communities or BECs in realizing the lessons that the Holy Trinity is teaching us as Christians.

“Kaya nga ang Trinity Sunday ay itinalaga na BEC Sunday. Ang ugnayan sa pinakamaliit na grupo ng Simbahan, ang BEC ay maging tulad sana ng ugnayan ng Tatlong Persona – igalang ang pagkakaiba pero pahalagahan ang pagkakaisa. At ang mga Kristiyano sa BEC ay nagtutulungan sa kanilang pagkilos sa kanilang community,” he said.

BEC Sunday was first celebrated on June 16, 2019 to encourage reorientation and renewal of commitment of community leaders, ministers and members through various activities by different dioceses and parishes around the country.

Prior to Bishop Pabillo’s Holy Trinity message of unity, five Christian churches have issued a joint statement on Pentecost Sunday, May 23, to express unity as “one ecumenical church” in celebration of the 500th anniversary of Christianity in the Philippines. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM/Binondo Church | Photo from SOCOM of Most Holy Trinity Parish))

 

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