I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Saturday, January 17, 2009

My Gospel Reflections for Sunday, January 18: Mark 10:13-16 (Feast of the Sto. Nino)

My Reflections:
Today we celebrate the feast of Sto. Nino, this is one of the most well attended and most popular feasts of the church here in the Philippines. Many also are devotees of Sto. Nino in fact we see the image of Sto. Nino in almost all of the catholic families here, in government/private offices there are also images of Sto. Nino; majority of politicians are devotees of the Sto. Nino. Because the Sto. Nino is present everywhere it may seem that our country is morally upright. Better think again, the country is still mired in corruption; we are consistently labelled as one of the most corrupt in the entire world.

Where is the influence of the Sto. Nino then? Do we allow our devotion to the Sto. Nino change us for the better? This is our big problem, we are fond of displaying images of our faith but the irony of it is this: Our faith remains on exterior display and it ends there.

If only we and our politicians most specially will learn to imbibe and internalize the virtues of the Sto. Nino who is a little child that is always humble and honest, it doesn’t know how to cheat or lie. It doesn’t know how to compromise with corruption. Our country will move forward and attain greatness once again.

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