“…that they may be one as we are one.”
(John 17:11)

Jesus’ “high priestly prayer” reveals his intimate unity with the Father and his desire to share this unity with us. He prays, “… Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.”

My dear people of God, the election is over and the votes have been counted. Now that you have spoken and the results have been made known, let us support those who won. Whatever political stand you have taken or whatever division this political exercise had created, let it not become a stumbling block in our search for unity and genuine reform. Let not politics continue to divide us. Rather, let the healing process begins.

This election is not a triumph of those who won. This is a triumph of the Filipino people who courageously labored to ensure a clean, honest and credible election. Our victory obliges us to be watchful and to work together to safeguard the kind of government we want to be. The real work begins not during the election but right now. Now is the time for us to show our real love and concern for our country. Do not forget that for evil to triumph, it is enough for good people to deny it and do nothing. Let us not forget the lessons of the past. Let us be guided by our collective wisdom and faith in the Lord as we move forward.

Let those who won seek the will of God for his people they promise to serve. Now is the time to fulfill their promises. Those who did not make it, may continue to serve by becoming “vigilant collaborators” in the good governance of our country. You are all the more free to continue your noble aspiration for our people and nation.

Jesus prays for all of us. Rest assured of the prayers of the Church. The Church will always be there to teach and guide as we continue our journey as a nation. May Mary our Mother under the title of Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso intercede for us. Amen.

MOST REV. JESSE E. MERCADO, D.D.
Bishop of Parañaque
13 May 2016
Feast of Our Lady of Fatima