Feast of the Sto. Ni?o
I think that this reading has been chosen because the devotion to the Sto. Nino as celebrated today is unique to the Philippines. It is a statue of the Sto. Nino that is miraculously saved and preserved in the early days of the evangelization of this nation that gives rise to the devotion here in the Philippines. Let us pray that as we reflect upon this miraculous event that we not forget the lives of the many men and women who have toiled in the mission field here in the Philippines. Let us thank God for them all and seek to be faithful to their sacrifices by continuing to live and proclaim the Gospel ourselves as a light to the nations of Asia and the world.
1 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. 2 You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, as they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as men make merry when dividing spoils. 3 For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, and the rod of their taskmaster you have smashed, as on the day of Midian. 4 For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for flames. 5 For a child is born to us, a Son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him: Wonder-counselor, God-hero, Father-forever, Prince of Peace. 6 His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, from David?s throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!
P S A L M
Psalm 98: 1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4, 5-6
R: All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
1 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done wondrous deeds; his right hand has won victory for him, his holy arm. (R) 2 The LORD has made his salvation known in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice. 3 He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness toward the house of Israel. (R) All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation by our God. 4 Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands; break into song; sing praise. (R) 5 Sing praise to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and melodious song. 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn sing joyfully before the King, the LORD. (R)
Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18
It is important to remember that the grace of salvation as it comes to us is freely given but that the cost of this grace in order to make it available to us was the life of Jesus Christ. In a sense then there is no such thing as free grace ? it was paid for in the blood of Jesus. Yes, we receive the gift of salvation freely but only because God has chosen to offer it to us in this manner out of His love for us. Let us pray that we will accept His offer of salvation as a child accepts a gift that has been paid for by the one who offers it.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, 4 as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love 5 he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, 6 for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved. 15 Therefore, I, too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. 18 May the eyes of [your] hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones.
G O S P E L
The call to be spiritual babes is never a call to immaturity. In fact it is a call to the greatest form of maturity, that is: full, total and immediate obedience to God?s will. Herein lies the essence of true holiness. It is not so much a matter of our ability to bring about holiness but that in entrusting our lives to the Lord, He will bring about all that is necessary for this to happen. Let us open our hearts to hear the call to obedience today and not delay in responding to it.
41 Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover, 42 and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom. 43 After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44 Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, 45 but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, 47 and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, ?Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.? 49 And he said to them, ?Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father?s house?? 50 But they did not understand what he said to them. 51 He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus advanced [in] wisdom and age and favor before God and man.
think: Let us thank God for the missionaries to the Philippines and seek to be faithful to their sacrifices by continuing to live and proclaim the Gospel ourselves as a light to the nations of Asia and the world.
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