by Bishop Hiel (Isagani N. Capistrano)
In the name of the Most High God, and in behalf of the Most Holy Church, Peace be with you all.
Psalm 133 describes the beautiful picture of the Church in Perfect Unity.
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing; Life forevermore.
As the physical body is complete in itself, so is the Most Holy Church. The head of the Church is Christ, thus, the Church has unity of the spirit, of faith, of purpose and of hope. What binds all the members together is the love of Christ and the love for Christ, for each one and for all humanity. This results to peace and harmony in the Church. The Church is where people can experience true equality, peace and love. It is our duty to tell others of the love of Christ and the peace we found in our Lord God, Jesus Christ.
There is unity in the body of Christ, the Most Holy Church. Every member of the body does its task according to the gift of the Spirit. God bestows spiritual gifts and appointed people for the edification of the Church. All the members are of equal importance. Each one is needed for the other members to accomplish their own tasks. Each one does his own work silently and faithfully. Each one cooperates and coordinates with each other in order to finish the work of the Church. Together, we can do greater things for the glory of God.
The Perfect Unity of the Most Holy Church shall bring growth and multiplication. God has commanded blessings and abundant life for the Church due to our unity. Figuratively, God shall anoint us with precious oil, from the Church Administration to the very last of the brethren. The Church shall be blessed, shall be enriched and shall be fruitful. These blessings shall continue and will not cease, just like the dew from Mount Hermon which makes the ground always wet and fertile. The Church which God planted all over the world shall be nourished and shall bloom.
Brethren, with one voice let us proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord! Let us move forward to greater spiritual growth and multiplication. In one accord, let us feel the mighty wind of the Holy Spirit blowing in our midst and anointing everyone. Together in unity, let us enjoy the panoramic view of Zion.
God Bless you all.