Feast of Santo Nino (Philippines)

First Reading Isaiah 9, 1-6

Second Reading Ephesians 1, 3-6. 15-18

Luke 2, 41-52

The Statue of Santo Nino de Cebu in the Philippines

From The WORD in other words (2018) by Fr Midas Tambot SVD (Hongkong)

One day, I was rushing down to Central District, Hong Kong and was about to cross the road when a scene on the other side stopped me from proceeding. Itwas of a boy, about 6 years old, defiantly refusing to cross the road, against theplan of his exasperated mother. Why? Because as the little boy pointed towardsthe traffic lights, “The red light is on!” Though upset, the mother yielded. I, onthe other hand, was embarrassed but got wiser from the incident.

How true are the words of the Lord: “…the kingdom of God belongs to the little ones.” They do not only gravitate towards what is good, but can even lead us to Jesus and to what is good, if only we are humble enough to learn from them.I stayed put till the light turned green and whispered a prayer: “Lord, help me not to be an obstacle for the little ones and distort their idea of what is right, instead let me be an instrument in helping them grow closer toYou.”

Today, the Feast of the Sto. Niño is also a celebration of how we were gifted with the Christian Faith and how through this faith, we too became children ofour Heavenly Father. Hence today we ask the question: “How am I as God’s child?”

In the year 2000, I got to watch a movie entitled “Patriot” with Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger playing main characters as father and son. In one of the scenes, the son is arguing with his father to allow him to volunteer in a war that his father is against. In the heat of the argument, the son, as if to remind his father, shouts,“I’m not a child!” to which the father retorts, “You’re my child!”

Can we outgrow our need for God; can we be so wise, powerful and wealthy that God becomes irrelevant in our lives? May the feast of the Sto. Niño remindus to always be humble and live according to God’s guidance. May we entrust ourselves constantly to God’s protection and love. For no matter what, we will always be God’s child.

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