In his message delivered during the Solemn Installation Rites held at the Cathedral Shrine and Parish of the Good Shepherd last August 24, 2019, the Most Rev. Roberto Gaa, D.D. reminded those present of the need to bless one another as God does to each one.
“Let the rain continue to pour out on us, to give life to us. To shower on the crops not because of our own efforts but because of the Goodness of God,” he said, “Let us bless each other with God’s love.”
He recalled how it rained when he first entered the seminary just like it did on his way to the Cathedral for the installation.
“Is there anything good that will come out of Novaliches? I dare say yes,” he said earlier in his message. He stressed that goodness is possible through the cooperation of Bishop Tobias, the Clergy and the Faithful of the Diocese.
He ended his message by thanking all those present and also asked for everyone’s support and prayers not only for him but also for his brother priests, as he embarks on his new journey as bishop.
During the said Rite, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, D.D. urged the Faithful to accompany their new Bishop in his apostolic mission in the Diocese of Novaliches. He said that just like the apostles, bishops are also called to fulfill their apostolic mission on earth: “to witness to Jesus, crucified, died and risen.”
He also pointed out that a bishop’s humility comes from the Faithful bearing witness to Jesus in their lives and acknowledging how they too, have been sent by God to help him enrich his faith as their shepherd. Addressing the Faithful, the Archbishop asked them to take good care of Bishop Gaa so that he can be a good shepherd to his flock just like Jesus.
Meanwhile, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines Gabrielle Caccia, S.T.D., J.C.L. encouraged Bishop Gaa that becoming an “image of the Good Shepherd” is difficult, but not impossible. He said that if the time comes that Bishop Robbie feels alone or depressed, he should remember that he is never alone.
“God, Jesus, Mary, the saints, the community, the Catholic Universal Church is with you,” the Nuncio emphasized. “Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the Author and Perfector of our faith.”
The Solemn Installation or Canonical Possession of the Most Rev. Roberto Gaa was attended by members of the Clergy, Religious, and Lay of the Diocese of Novaliches and of other Dioceses, including the Archdiocese of Manila, as well as dignitaries and guests. (~Shirly Benedictos)