7th Day of Simbanggabi (December 22)

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Gospel Reading:

46And Mary said,

Mary Praises God
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

God’s Deeds to “those who fear Him”

50His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
51He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly;
53he has filled the hungry with [of] good things, and sent the rich away empty.

God’s Deeds to Israel

54He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,

55according to the promise he made to our ancestors,

to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

56And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Pointers for Homily Reflection

The Context of the Magnificat

This “magnificat”, as commonly known, is Mary’s reaction to two events narrated to us by Luke:  a) In vv.26-38–the announcement made by Angel Gabriel to Mary about her great responsibility despite her lowly beginnings i.e. to be the Mother of the Savior of Israel and all people;  and (b) In vv. 39-45, the signs God showed to Mary in the person of her cousin Elisabeth who, according to human standards was naturally incapable of childbirth, was now on her sixth month of pregnancy, and the words she addressed to Mary:  “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (v.42); and Elizabeth’s address to Mary as “Mother of my Lord” (v.43).

The magnificat then is a natural out pouring of a prayerful and humble heart of Mary.  It is a prayer that stems from deep faith and confidence in God, who is very serious at re-entering humanity to claim for Himself His lost creation.  At the same time, the prayer is an expression of a courageous acceptance of God’s will to take on the role God has appropriated for Mary.  Surely, Mary has not known the various consequences of her “fiat” but because of the signs she had seen in and heard from her cousin Elizabeth—Mary has cast her die to embrace God’s plan setting aside her own personal dreams and projects.

The Theme of the Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord
and My Spirit rejoices in God My Savior

This is the thematic statement of this prayerful outburst of Mary. Her whole being: life, soul and body, give praise, render thanksgiving, and offer worship to God himself.  And in the most intimate manner, she has personally called God as “My savior.”  As Mary is to set on a new role in the economy of Salvation, she needs to have a very personal relation with the Father.  Yahweh, is no longer considered as an impersonal and a faceless God.  Rather, He is a father, the Savior.

How is God a personal or an intimate savior of Mary?  (vv. 48-49)

Mary is a sign of a very great contrast:  she is given a great responsibility carry—as the Mother of the Savior of Israel—but she comes from a very lowly beginnings. She is not connected to the lineage of Moses, neither to David nor to any important priestly or prophetic class. On a very personal note, Mary herself realizes this, “how can this be…?” A mother of a Savior, who, in the Old Testamental times, must spring out from the royal lineage of David, the greatest of all Kings in the History of Israel? Who was then Mary to take the role as Mother of the Savior?

However, Mary realizes that God’s words for her to be the Mother of the Savior was not a joke. She has seen Elizabeth, the divine sign for her to believe God’s word, already six months pregnant, and she has heard from Elizabeth herself God’s confirmation that indeed she is the “Mother of my Lord.” These were enough proof for Mary, the servant of God, to believe that God is truly serious with His plans to save humanity, to send to the world His own son through her.

Thus in this prayer of Mary she recognizes all these in the words, “ He [God] has looked with favor on the lowliness of [Mary] his servant” (v.48) and that according to Mary herself “the Mighty one has done great things for me…” (v.49)

God’s Deeds to “those who fear Him” (vv.50-53)

The same “Magnificat” manifests that God’s graciousness does not end with Mary. She is not the end of God’s plan. She is part of the grand plan of God to re-enter and re-claim humanity through Jesus. And Mary recognized this very well.

God, who is a mighty Power, is, indeed, a Merciful one (v.50). However, only those who has the “fear of the Lord” will merit the mercy of God. Whether one is a Jew or a non-Jew, this does not matter. For as long one “fears the Lord” he can merit the mercy of God.

To those who have no “fear of God”– this primary character: like those who are haughty and arrogant in their hearts, the Mighty and merciful God will “scatter” them …” and those who are in powerful positions but do not manifest “fear of God”, God will de-thrown them.

What does this “fear of the Lord” consists of? In this same prayer of Mary we are given a clue. Those who “fear the Lord” are those hunger for good things.” (v.53) Here “things” does not mean material possession. Mary herself is the example. All through out her life, good deeds and characters were what she has been striving to achieve. And thus, even in her lowly condition she was given the greatest of privileges and responsibility to be the Mother of the Savior. To these kinds of people (seeking to achieve in their life good deeds, worthy works, and best virtues) God will fill them up. And this is the “mercy” of God– Giving the good things to those who seek for them: sharing mercy to those who are striving to be merciful, implanting the virtue of patience to those who try patience; showing the virtue of love and a forgiving heart to those who practice love and forgiveness.

Again the “fear of the Lord” is manifest in humility of heart (v.52). Humility of heart is made contrast with those who are haughty, arrogant and full of pride. While the latter he will “sent away empty” and de-throne”, the former God will lift them up.

God’s deed to Israel

God’s deeds to Israel can be summarized as God’s fidelity. God is a faithful God and He will remain faithful to his promises even if Israel herself will not be faithful. God cannot break his promise. God cannot become unfaithful. Infidelity is not listed in the personal vocabulary of God himself.

Through Mary, God is fulfilling the promise he once made to Abraham and his descendant. Through Mary God will re-create and redeem Israel his people. Through Mary God re-enters creation to sanctify and make it holy once again.

Points for Homily

The “Fear of the Lord.”

Only those who are humble of heart, only those who seek to perform good deeds, virtues and goodness in one’s life will receive mercy from the Lord himself.

If one listens to news over the radio and turns on the television, one can ask how much “fear of the Lord” is there in our society today; or better how lacking is the “fear of the Lord” among us who are said to be believers of God himself?

Rampant corruption in the government, denudation of forests leading to the waste of life; the poor amongst us remain to be poor without the hope of getting a better life; while the rich and the famous, many times through dishonesty and injustice, continue to enjoy, even not having “fear of the Lord.”  Our political exercise has become a big joke.

The Promise of a Mighty and Powerful God

To those who “fear the Lord” God will show mercy; to those who are not, the justice of God, the mighty power of God, will, in time, catch up with them. May God’s patience be a reminder of his love and desire not to destroy any of his loved ones.

Fr.’der, oar

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    January 1, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD

    54th WORLD DAY OF PEACE

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Cristita Cha, AR

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  • All day
    January 2, 2021

    ATTENTION: Provincial-Level Christmas Party is CANCELLED.

    SIMPLE PROFESSION OF VOWS OF FRAY CHRISLEAN REY PAMILAGA
    SEMONORE, Antipolo City / 10:00 A.M.

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Conrado Flores, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Emma Toro, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    Sis. Marcelina Nicolas, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Rizalina Salera, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

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    January 3, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY

    500th Year of the Excommunication of Martin Luther (1521-2021)

    60th Anniversary of the Establishment of a Catholic Hierarchy in Indonesia

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Bella Mojica, AR
    Sis. Basilisa Espinola, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Sis. Carmencita Abis, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Melodina Paragat, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Clemencia Ranin, AR

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    January 4, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Ernil Orbecido, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Sis Mary Grace Susas, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Fran Cheska Marie Andan (RAY-Laray)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Regina Cadiz, AR
    +Sr. Adelaida Elli, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis Estelita Divinagracia, SAR (Miranila Chapter)
    Bro. Jose Pepito Gabriel Bonete, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Emiliana Carao, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Leila Barizo (RAY-Cavite)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Cleofe Claro, AR
    +Fray Casiano Cosmilla
    [Attention Recoletos de Manila Community: “the community to which he belongs will celebrate… Mass on the first anniversary of his death” (Add. Code 94a)]

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Sylvia Evina, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Sis. Grace Aba-a, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Juana de la Merced, AR
    +Bro. Rustico Magdales, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Eliza Stubbs, SAR (Miranila Chapter)

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    RST: START OF ENROLMENT

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ian Anthony Espartero
    Sr. Leticia Cerdeño, AR

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    FEAST OF THE BLACK NAZARENE
    (The traditional Traslación is canceled due to Covid-19)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Rosario Bianes, AR
    Sis. Marcelina Taguinod, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    |+Sr. Dominga Gargarita, AR

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    January 10, 2021

    FEAST OF THE BAPTISM OF THE LORD

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Luz Asuncion Nitura, AR
    +Sr. Paulina de la Purisima Corazon de Maria, AR

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    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Catalina Ruiz, AR
    Sis. Elena Dagdag, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Ian Gabrielle Canlubo (RAY-Cavite)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Zita Lloren, AR
    +Sis. Elena Caballero, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Reynaldo Jaranilla
    Sis. Josephine Guinto, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Bro. Hilario Torcedo, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    +Sr. Ma. Fortunata Gayumale Gaspillo, AR

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    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    (1998-2021)
    Archbp. Jose Palma, D.D. (Archdiocese of Cebu)

    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Jonathan Casiño, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Bro. Antonio Sonsona, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Mo. Rosario Rosales, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Emilia Madrigal, AR
    Bro. Jose Valdez, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Luisa Gumiran, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Esterlita Gracia, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Anthony Irineo
    Sr. Ma. Marcela de la Cruz, AR
    Bro. Maximo Epanto, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Ma. Virgin de la Consolacion, AR

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    COMMEMORATION OF THE DEAD RELATIVES OF THE MEMBERS OF THE ORDER

    BIRTHDAY
    Mo. Maria del Carmen, OAR (Bacolod)
    Sr. Zerah Cordero, AR
    Sis. Alice Mojica, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Bernarda Tan, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Lucia Degamo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    +Sis. Amelia Casiño, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    FEAST OF THE STO. NINO

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Corvin Maturan
    Sis. Belen Taniagao, SAR (Miranila Chapter / Trial)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Celedonia de la Santissima Trinidad, AR
    +Sr. Cesaria Barbarona, AR

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    WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
    Inclusive dates: January 18-25, 2021
    Theme: “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit” (John 16:1-17)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Dexter Palagtiosa
    Sis. Guia Gonzales, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Cleofe Maria Agua, AR
    Sis. Angelica Tejada, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Myrna Amante, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    ST. SEBASTIAN (PATRON SAINT OF MANILA & CAVITE COMMUNITIES, DIOCESE OF BACOLOD)

    SSC-R MANILA’s FOUNDATION CELEBRATIONS
    Inclusive dates: January 20-22,2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Adelina Reyes, AR
    Sis. Mercedes Velada, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Urbano Galanido
    Fray Jerome Virtudazo
    Sis. Leticia de Silva, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Alice Catulong, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Sis. Anecita Paglinawan, SAR (Laray Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Victor Bendico, DD (Bishop of Baguio)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Bro. Marciano Cleofas, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Gloria Acosta, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Esterlina Silva, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Sis. Rosemarie Gaspar, SAR (Valencia Chapter)
    Judith Mondejar (RAY-Caidiocan)
    Kathrine Bacalso (RAY-Laray)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Gertrudis del Pilar, AR
    +Sr. Cresencia Vailoces, AR

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    SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD
    [NOTE: Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter, Motu proprio Aperuit illis, published on 30 September 2019, establishes that “the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time is to be devoted to the celebration, study and dissemination of the Word of God”.]

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Paz Bawagan, AR
    Sr. Faith Niña Fuertes, AR
    Sis. Florida San Juan, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Raymunda Co, SAR (Laray Chapter)
    Analyn Martinez (RAY-Valencia)

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    January 25, 2021

    SOLEMNITY OF THE CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL

    CSNT-Rs 50th (1971-2021) FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY Inclusive dates: January 25-30, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Erlinda Casaje, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Bro. Rodelio Gasparillo, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Bro. Feddie Junsay, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)
    Joelle Maria Mendoza (RAY-Miranila)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Lucia Sagmit, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Cristopher Maspara
    Sis. Henrietta Morales, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    (2005-2021)
    Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, D.D. (Diocese of Imus)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Margarita Zafra, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marilyn Cula, AR
    Sr. Remilyn Leonido, AR
    Sis. Evelyn Balingit, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Murita Jara, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

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    January 28, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Louie Gabinete

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Fernanda del Pilar, AR
    Sr. Ines Garcia, AR

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    January 29, 2021

    LAUNCHING OF HEART SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN 2021 / Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno only

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Francisca Rojas, AR
    Sis. Lourdes Insigne, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Jona Mendoza (RAY-Miranila)

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    January 30, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jonathan Caballero
    Sr. Angelica Fuentes, AR
    Sr. Pascualina Peral, AR
    Sis. Violeta Siozon, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Fedencia dela Criz, SAR (Brooke’s Point Chapter)
    Sis. Minerva Alcarde, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)

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    January 31, 2021

    4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    68th WORLD LEPROSY DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Josephine Ativo, AR
    Sis. Saturnina Antolihao, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Lance Raven Lapinig (RAY-Talisay)

      

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