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Sunday Reflection 

taken from www.svdphc.ph

Feast of the Santo Niño

January 20, 2019

Luke 2,  41-52

 

Each year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of Passover, and when he was twelve years old, they went up according to Festival custom. After they had completed its days, as they were returning, the boy remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it.

Thinking that he was in the caravan, they journeyed for a day and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances, but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the middle of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers.

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.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them.

He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.

 

Reflection

 

The devotion to the Santo Niño has constantly inspired countless people to develop a childlike disposition in facing different struggles in life. Childlikeness is allowing oneself to trust fully in God’s providence. The feast invites us to reflect on childlike attitudes that we ought to develop inwardly. Although there are lots of things we can learn from the different characteristics of children, we will focus our reflection on the two most notable childlike attitudes.

First is the attitude of total dependence. It is normally a given that children never question the decisions of their parents. They would always abide in whatever decision their parents make. In the same manner, we too should have that same attitude of dependence in relation to our heavenly Father, remaining humble in accepting and following whatever plans He has prepared for us. Whether it is difficult and challenging or easy and light, we should continue o develop that childlike attitude in accepting whatever fate awaits us. However, it is very disheartening that nowadays many people tend to question God’s will especially when things go down south and when they are not attuned to their personal plans. Many people tend to question why God allows several unfortunate events to happen. Many have become lost because people tend to focus on what is happening within rather than being sensitive and aware of what is happening in the surroundings as well as the feelings, experiences and difficulties of others.

The second attitude is a happy disposition in life. As we know, children always find ways to make themselves happy, whatever the situation or condition they are in, because they are simply graced with a happy disposition and they are not difficult to please. Most often, children are happy if they are surrounded with people who share pleasant and life-giving experiences. In like manner, adults like us, should learn from this simple disposition in life. We should always choose to be happy no matter how hard life is. Happiness is a choice. Therefore, no matter how difficult and hard our life has become, there is always a choice to choose the better part, the choice to become happy. After all, a meaningful life is characterized by a happy life. May this feast awaken a childlike attitude within us so that we may continue to live a life with a happy disposition that trusts in the providence of the heavenly Father. After all, we are all children of God. Viva Señor Santo Niño! Viva Pit Señor!

 

By Fr. Roger Solis SVD