Saturday, January 19, 2019

 

SUNDAY, FEAST OF THE STO. NIÑO, Proper Feast in the Philippines.

January 20, 2019 – SUNDAY, FEAST OF THE STO. NIÑO, 

Proper Feast in the Philippines. 

White.

 

Is 9: 1 – 16 / Eph 1: 3 – 6, 15 - 18. / Lk 2: 41 –52

 

Philippine devotion to the Sto. Niño goes back to 1521 when Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan gave a wooden statue of the Sto. Niño to Queen Juana of Cebu as a baptismal gift.

 

From the 1st Reading:    Is 9: 5 – 6

For a child is born for us, a son is given us; the royal ornament is laid upon his shoulder, and his name is proclaimed: "Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." To the increase of his powerful rule in peace, there will be no end. Vast will be his dominion, he will reign on David's throne and over all his kingdom, to establish and uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time onward and forever.

 

Gospel Reading:               Lk 2: 41 – 52

Every year the parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover, as was customary. And when Jesus was twelve years old, he went up with them according to the custom for this feast. After the festival was over, they returned, but the boy Jesus remained in Jerusalem and his parents did not know it.

 

They thought he was in the company and after walking the whole day they looked for him among their relatives and friends. As they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem searching for him, and on the third day they found him in the Temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions. And all the people were amazed at his understanding and his answers.

 

His parents were very surprised when they saw him, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I were very worried while searching for you." Then he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Do you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand this answer.

 

Jesus went down with them, returning to Nazareth, and he continued to be subject to them. As for his mother, she kept all these things in her heart.

 

And Jesus increased in wisdom and age, and in divine and human favor.

 

REFLECTION

Filipinos have a great devotion to the Christ-Child, popularly known as the Sto. Niño. Sinulog, Dinagyang and Ati-Atihan are religious-cultural festivities held in various parts of the Visayas in January to commemorate and highlight this devotion.

 

The image of the Sto.. Niño finds a place in many homes, business and service establishments in the whole country. This popular devotion to the Christ-Child reflects Filipinos' yearning for intimacy with God.

 

Pope Francis said that "Jesus Christ is the face of God's mercy." (Misericordiae Vultus, 1) For most Filipinos the Sto. Niño is the palpable face of God.

 

A child is non-threatening. With the Sto. Niño we are not fearful of being rejected or humiliated. With him we can be child-like, honest, and at times even childish.

 

Perhaps our child-like attitude is one reason why we see innumerable variations of the Sto. Niño image. Other than the princely green and gold outfit of the royal Infant of Prague, we find the Sto. Niño dressed as a farmer or a fisherman or a policeman or almost whatever is human.

 

Jesus was a carpenter, knowing the value of work and the daily challenge of making ends meet for daily life. He was not ashamed to do man's work; he toiled and understood each day's hard work as a carpenter. Dressing up the Christ-Child according to one's livelihood of fancy could indeed be Spirit- inspired, as we are moved to fervently ask God to bless the work of our hands and minds and to provide for us, each day, our daily bread through our work.

 

We thank God for choosing to be born among us and become our Sto. Niño. In the Christ-Child we see God caring for us intensely, loving us faithfully and constantly providing for our daily needs, material and spiritual. In this way we learn to appreciate that Jesus Christ is indeed "the face of God's mercy." Viva el Senor! Viva Sto. Niño!

 

FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST. 

 

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Friday, January 18, 2019

 

SATURDAY, 1ST Week in Ordinary Time

January 19, 2019 – SATURDAY, 1ST Week in Ordinary Time

 

Sts. John Ogilvie, Stephan Pongracz and Melchior Grodziecki, Priests,

and Marco Krizevcanin, Canon, M artyrs /

Bl. Ignatius de Azevedo, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs / Bl. James Sales, Priest,

and William Saultemouche, Religious, Martyrs

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Heb 4: 12 – 16 / Mk 2: 13 – 17

 

St. John Ogilvie (1579 – 1615), Scottish Jesuit priest, was martyred in Glasgow.

 

Sts. Stephan Pongracz (1583 – 1619), Jesuit priest from Romania, Melchior Grodziecki (1584 – 1610), Polish Jesuit priest, and Marco Krizevcanin, Canon of Estergom, were martyred in Kosice.

 

Bl. Ignatius de Azevedo (1527 – 1570), Jesuit missionary from Portugal, and 39 others were martyred by the Huguenots in the Canary Islands.

Bl. James Sales (1556 – 1593), French Jesuit priest, and William Saultemouche, French Jesuit lay brother, were martyred in Aubenas during the French War of Religions.

 

From the 1st Reading:    Heb 4: 15 – 16

Our high priest is not indifferent to our weaknesses, for he was tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sinning. Let us, then, with confidence approach God, the giver of grace; we will obtain mercy and, through his favor, help in due time..

 

Gospel Reading:               Mk 2: 13 – 17

When Jesus went out again beside the lake, a crowd came to him and he taught them. As he walked along, he saw a tax collector sitting in his office. This was Levi, the son of Alpheus. Jesus said to him, "Follow me." And Levi got up and followed him.

 

And it so happened that while Jesus was eating at Levi's house, tax collectors and sinners were sitting with him and his disciples for there were indeed many of them. But there were also teachers of the Law of the Pharisees' party, among those who followed Jesus, and when they saw him eating with sinners and tax collectors, they said to his disciples "Why! He eats with tax collectors and sinners!"

 

Jesus heard them and answered, "Healthy people don't need a doctor; but sick people do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."

 

REFLECTION

In today's Gospel reading when the Pharisees question why he was eating with tax collectors and sinners, Jesus replies, "Healthy people don't need a doctor; but sick people do. I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."

 

In the first reading we are told that Christ was our High Priest, like us with our weaknesses, except that he was without sin, to obtain God's mercy and pardon for us. As God and man, he was the perfect mediator with the Father for humankind.

 

We should also note how Jesus calls Levi, a tax collector, among those hated and despised by the people, to be a follower and an apostle. Jesus came to call and save sinners; he also called common people and sinners (Peter who betrayed him before common house-maids and Judas Iscariot who betrayed him for thirty pieces of silver and brought him to his death) to help him fish for people, to save them from their sins.

 

What has Our Lord called us to do for him?

 

FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST. 

 


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

 

FRIDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time

January 18, 2019 – FRIDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time

Green.

 

Heb 4: 1 – 5, 11 / Mk 2: 1 – 12

 

Gospel Reading:               Mk 2: 1 – 12

After some days Jesus returned to Capernaum. As the news spread that he was at home, so many people gathered that there was no longer room even outside the door. While Jesus was preaching the Word to them, some people brought a paralyzed man to him.

 

The four men who carried him couldn't get near Jesus because of the crowd, so they opened the roof above the room where Jesus was and, through the hole, lowered the man on his mat. When Jesus saw the faith of these people, he said to the paralytic, "My son, your sins are forgiven"

 

Now, some teachers of the Law who were sitting there wondered within themselves, "How can he speak like this insulting God? Who can forgive sins except God?"

 

At once Jesus knew through his spirit what they were thinking and asked, "Why do you wonder? Is it easier to say to this paralyzed man: 'Your sins are forgiven,' or to say: 'Rise, take up your mat and walk?' But now you shall know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins."

 

And he said to the paralytic, "Stand up, take up your mat and go home." The man rose and, in the sight of all those people, he took up his mat and went out. All were astonished and praised God saying, "We have never seen anything like this!"

 

REFLECTION

The most advanced medicine today cannot instantly cure any illness. It takes time and effort of the physician, the cooperation of the patient and the working of any medicine or procedure to achieve a cure. Yet in today's Gospel, the cure of the paralytic was done instantly, at the word of Jesus. Nobody can cure instantly, except God. The teachers of the Law were correct in thinking that only God can forgive sins.

 

Sin and forgiveness, while real, are not concrete tangible realities. Thus, when, because of the faith of the paralytic and of those who brought him, Jesus forgave the sins of the paralytic, the teachers of the Law saw him as one committing blasphemy, doing or pretending to do what only God could do.

 

Did the teachers of the Law believe that Jesus was indeed God when he cured the paralytic by his instant word, "but now you shall know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,"?

 

In the Church, Christ has given us the Sacrament of Reconciliation where, through the action of a priest, God forgives sins. We thank God for his merciful love for us and for his never ending readiness and graciousness to forgive us.

 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

 

THURSDAY, 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

January 17, 2019 – THURSDAY, 1ST WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME

St. Anthony, Abbot

Memorial. White.

 

Heb 3: 7 – 14 / Mk 1: 40 - 45

 

Called the Patriarch of Monks, St. Anthony (251 – 356)   retired   to the desert at the age of 18. He was the first to establish rules for a community of monks.

 

From the 1st Reading:    Heb 3: 12 – 13

So, brothers, be careful lest some of you come to have an evil and unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. Encourage one another, day by day, as long as it is called today.. Let no one become hardened in the deceitful way of sin.

 

Gospel Reading:               Mk 1: 40 – 45

A leper came to Jesus and begged him, "If you want to, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, "I do want to; be clean." The leprosy left the man at once and he was made clean. As Jesus sent the man away, he sternly warned him, "Don't tell anyone about this, but go and show yourself to the priest, and for the cleansing bring the offering ordered by Moses; in this way you will give to them your testimony."

 

However, as soon as the man went out, he began spreading the news everywhere, so that Jesus could no longer openly enter any town. But even though he stayed in the rural areas, people came to him from everywhere.

 

REFLECTION

In this Gospel passage, Jesus cures a leper who begged him to make him clean. Why clean? Leprosy was considered a very contagious disease; thus a leper had to live outside the town. Besides, they believed that leprosy was an affliction from God and the Jews considered lepers as unclean. Can you imagine how lepers lived isolated lives? It was a very unhappy and depressive life as they were separated from family, friends and all the villagers.

 

So, this leper, when he was made clean by Jesus, did not follow his command of not telling anyone. Instead he went around proclaiming the news everywhere, that he was made clean. His heart could not contain the joy of being freed from his suffering. He went on sharing what Jesus had done for him.

 

There are many lepers around us today, not necessarily physically sick with leprosy, but because of their situation in life, are isolated and made outcasts of society. The poor, the sick especially of HIV, the elderly, the uneducated, prisoners, etc. are just a few examples of those who are considered "lepers" and "untouchables" by people who look at themselves as clean.

 

Do we reach out to them so that in their suffering they will feel comforted, accepted and loved? How can we alleviate the sufferings and difficulties of these marginalized people around us?

 

The leper in the Gospel reading received a gratuitous gift of healing that made him proclaim God's goodness to him.. We, too, have received many gifts which have changed our lives. Have we ever thought of sharing them joyfully with others? Have we thanked the Giver of these gifts?

 

FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST. 

 

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Monday, January 14, 2019

 

TUESDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time

January 15, 2019 – TUESDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time

Green.

 

Heb 2: 5 – 12 / Mk 1: 21 – 28

 

From the 1st Reading:    Heb 2: 8b – 9

When it is said that God gave him dominion over all things, nothing is excluded. As it is, we do not yet see his dominion over all things. But Jesus who suffered death and for a little while was placed lower than the angels has been crowned with honor and glory. For the merciful plan of God demanded that he experience death on behalf of everyone.

 

Gospel Reading:               Mk 1: 21 – 28

Then they went into the town of Capernaum and Jesus began to teach in the synagogue during the Sabbath assemblies. The people were astonished at the way he taught, for he spoke as one having authority and not like the teachers of the Law.

 

It happened that a man with an evil spirit was in their synagogue and he shouted, "What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: You are the Holy One of God." Then Jesus faced him and said with authority, "Be silent and come out of this man!" The evil spirit shook the man violently and, with a loud shriek, came out of him.

 

All the people were astonished and they wondered, "What is this? With what authority he preaches! He even orders evil spirits and they obey him!" And Jesus' fame spread throughout all the country of Galilee.

 

REFLECTION

In the first reading from the Letter to the Hebrews we are reminded that Jesus is the author of our salvation. God the Father sent his Son into the world and he became man, capable of suffering and death. After a life of goodness and kindness, Jesus triumphs over sin and death by dying on the cross and being raised from the dead, thereby fulfilling God's will. Now, through him and in him, we have access to the Father, which more often than not, may involve the cross in our own lives.

 

It is true that when we look at Jesus it seems we are so different from him. We feel that we can never attain his holiness, which is true. Yet we can at least share in his desire to do the will of the Father always.

 

And then, if we believe that he became man, in all things like us except that he was without sin, then maybe we can also do works for eternal life, the good works the Father wants us to do.

 

We must believe that God will help whoever desires to do good works. When we do good works, we glorify the Father. Our focus should not be on ourselves or our weaknesses and incapacities, but on the will of God. Jesus lived his life like this. So by looking at Jesus, our leader and example in faith and love, we hope to be close to him and to imitate him.

 

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

 

MONDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time

January 14, 2019 – MONDAY, 1st Week in Ordinary Time

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Heb 1: 1- 6 / Mk 1: 14 – 20

 

From the 1st Reading:    Heb 1: 1 – 3

God has spoken in the past to our ancestors through the prophets, in many different ways, although never completely; but in our times he has spoken definitively to us through his Son.

 

He is the one God appointed heir of all things, since through him he unfolded the stages of the world. He is the radiance of God's Glory and bears the stamp of God's hidden being, so that his powerful word upholds the universe. And after taking away sin, he took his place at the right hand of the divine Majesty in heaven.

 

Gospel Reading:               Mk 1:14 – 20

After John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee and began preaching the Good News of God. He said, "The time has come; the kingdom of God is at hand. Change your ways and believe the Good News."

 

As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net in the lake, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fish for people."

 

At once, they abandoned their nets and followed him. Jesus went a little farther on and saw James and John, the sons of Zebedee; they were in their boat mending their nets. Immediately, Jesus called them and they followed him, leaving their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men.

 

REFLECTION

Jesus went about his mission of proclaiming the Good News. He encouraged his listeners to change their ways and believe in the Good News. Because he needed help to fulfill his mission, he recruited the first four people to assist him: Simon, Andrew, James and John.

 

William Barclay, in The Gospel of Mark, suggests that possibly the four men had already been listening to Jesus preach in the area so they probably had been mulling over what Jesus had been saying. They responded when Jesus personally invited them. Notice that the four men left behind what was very important to them before they encountered Jesus – family and occupation.. There seems to be a lot of "leaving 

behind" as we follow Jesus.

 

The letter to the Hebrews reminds us that Jesus is the very image of God. As we see Jesus, we are seeing God. As we get to know Jesus, we get to know God. As we follow Jesus, we are following God. As we observe how Jesus loves the people he met, we also get to understand how God loves us.

 

Let us reflect: Is Jesus inviting me to help fulfil his mission to bring about justice, mercy, love and hope? He may not be asking me to leave behind my family and my occupation but what is he asking me to share for the sake of his mission -- my knowledge? my skills? my presence? my compassion? my time? With which larger community would he want me to share my resources? He waits for my response.

 

 

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Friday, January 11, 2019

 

SATURDAY, Christmas Weekday

January 12, 2019 – SATURDAY, Christmas Weekday
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1 Jn 5:14 – 21 / Jn 3: 22 – 30

From the 1st Reading: 1 Jn 5: 20
We know that the Son of God has come and has given us power to know the truth. We are in him who is true, his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

Gospel Reading: Jn 3: 22 – 30
After this, Jesus went into the territory of Judea with his disciples. He stayed there with them and baptized. John was also baptizing in Aenon, near Salim, where water was plentiful; people came to him and were baptized. This happened before John was put in prison.

Now John's disciples had been questioned by a Jew about spiritual cleansing, so they came to John, and said, "Rabbi, the one who was with you across the Jordan, and about whom you spoke favorably, is now baptizing, and all are going to him."

John answered, "No one can receive anything, except what has been given to him from heaven. You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, `I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.' Only the bridegroom has the bride; but the friend of the bridegroom stands by and listens, and rejoices to hear the bridegroom's voice. My joy is now full. It is necessary that he increase but that I decrease."

REFLECTION
Our Father invites us to come to him in confidence. In difficult or trying times, we sometimes find ourselves questioning his ways. "Lord, why did you allow this to happen?" Or when we see so much suffering or when circumstances or people can be so unkind. "Lord, when are things going to get better?" Times like these make us think God is not around or he doesn't care.

We develop confidence in God through a personal relationship with him by reading the bible, being faithful to our prayer time, living according to the ways of Jesus. When we pray, it should be according to his will and not our will, his time and not our time. We listen to his words and not those of the material world. Money, fame, power, position, career could be false idols which can lure us away from him.

Prayer keeps us focused on God. This includes praying for others especially for those who are unlovable and even those who we think are unworthy of our prayers. It is so easy and normal to pray for our loved ones. However, he calls us to see beyond ourselves and our loved ones and to pray specifically for sinners.

Lord, let us see beyond ourselves, beyond our comforts, beyond our loved ones. Let us pray for sinners who need our prayers. Let us hear you in our sincere prayers and fervent hearts focused only on you. This way we can truly accept your invitation to come to you in confidence with full faith and trust that truly you always hear the prayers of our hearts attuned to you.

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