My Christmas “yes”

 I just can’t imagine how festive the atmosphere right now knowing that we are already on the 4th and the last Sunday of Advent which coincides with the last day of “Simbang Gabi” and that finally the long wait is over!

 Every year the advent preparation always has a Marian tone. Mary’s presence as a Mother never destroyed and will never ruin the rhythm of any liturgical season much more the story of man’s salvation. In fact, of all the people, she knows best what and how it is to wait, to hope and to celebrate. Mary perfectly lived the advent and Christmas and for this she is the best model, guide and teacher that we could have in understanding with a deeper faith our role in the Incarnation of Christ, our Lord.

The readings for today lead us to the reality of Christ’s unselfish love for men as narrated in the dialogue between God and David as intermediated by the prophet Nathan in the second book of Samuel as well as in the letter of St. Paul to the Romans. Likewise, this unselfish love is best expressed I believe with the soft, sweet and modulated voice of Mary saying: “I am the handmaid of the Lord be it done to me according to your word.” This love is set to bring back to man the true sense of joy that can only be experienced in true freedom. For this, Christ is coming!

Nevertheless, His coming was foretold by Gabriel to Mary. And this is where our reflection is leading us. How do we translate the fiat of Mary in our time where the reality of the world is challenging the truth of this unselfish love? How relevant is the “yes” of Mary in a world beset with egoism, animosity and indifference? Let us look at Mary, stop for a while and listen attentively like a child who longs to hear his mother’s voice. A voice that will surely lead us to where the true joy lies—in the manger.

In the 1st reading where God told Nathan to tell David this seemingly rhetorical question “Is it you who would build me a house to dwell in? But the real reason lies deeper in the desire of the Lord to remind David that it is He who is in control. Looking at what is going on around we find ourselves in the same situation. We control the world and even control God! We make the world appear bigger than the one who created it. We are the salt of the earth but we lose this identity when we are separated from the source of our saltiness. Like, when man starts to recognize more of himself and his needs than what he can share. And when prayer starts to have its sense only when one is in dire need. On the other hand, this was contradicted by Mary’s fiat when the angel Gabriel greeted her “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” she knew right there and then that the real reason lies in the unselfish and generous love of God. She was blessed not because of her own merit but because of her Son. So, therefore, the Fiat of Mary entails wisdom that is capable of recognizing in the real world the genuine source of all that is good which is Jesus the One who is to come!

The words of St. Paul to the Romans “the mystery which was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed…” reveals God´s covenant he made with Abraham and his people. The assurance that He indeed never left us alone and will never abandon us. Paul healed his Roman brothers from their fears, confusions and incredulity by reaffirming and encouraging them that Jesus Christ is the Emmanuel and that indeed, He is with them. Though the world is full of surprises and they come in different forms. Some would receive it in a special form of a problem. Others are overwhelmed by the massive breach between nations, brothers and families still God stayed with us. He left us a clue of his healing in the person of Mary when the angel Gabriel said to her “do not be afraid Mary…” The Fiat of Mary assumes the responsibility of becoming God’s healing to any form of divisions and pains.

The presence of Elizabeth, the cousin of Mary in the story of Christ’s auto-revelation has something to do with how Christ envisioned his Church. Likewise, the “yes – be it done to me according to your word” of Mary came after the angel revealed to her that her cousin also received the biggest surprise of her life just like her. This discloses God’s omnipotence that there is nothing impossible under his watchful eyes and that underlines the response of his Church, the people whom he loves the most. Time and again, the Fiat of Mary is the attitude of the Church of Christ, to be receptive to the call of Christ to continue his mission.

Every time that passes by one thing is so sure that we also grow in age. Like Mary, as we grow in age we must also grow in wisdom that we may be able to see Christ, the real reason of our joy and the source of all that is good amidst the glittering lights and decors around us. He is the reason to celebrate.

Like Mary, let us be God’s healing to our many ignored and marginalized poor brothers and be part of the healing process our country and the other nations needed as we welcome the birth of our Savior.

Like Mary, let us be the Church of People that Christ wants us to be. A Church that is willing to carry with open heart the mission of Christ to evangelize. Let us be the Church that welcomes brothers and shares the joy of having Christ.

Now that we are a few hours away from celebrating the birth of Christ, we are called to be like our Mother Mary. Christmas is about the Fiat. Christ gave his “yes” and Mary as well.  Be brave! Make a difference. Instead of making a Christmas wish or list why not your “yes.” Christmas would be more meaningful if we would give and share our “yes,”  too.

 

FELIZ NAVIDAD A TODOS!

 

Fray Allan M. Jacinto, OAR

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Fray Allan M. Jacinto, OAR

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    Feast of St. Joseph the Worker / LABOR DAY
    *DAY OF THE RELIGIOUS BROTHERS
    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2010-2019)
    Fray Mark Ryan Prado
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    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2009-2019)
    Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo
    Fray Hector Gonzales
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan
    Fray Jess Marco Sanchez
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Margarita Ponce, AR
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    CLOSING OF THE MEETING OF VOCATION PROMOTERS OF THE  ORDER IN COSTA RICA
    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roland Cepe
    Fray Invenzor Melgazo
    Sr. Myrna Gimena, AR
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Felicitas Lucinario, AR
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    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)
    ADMISSION TO THE MINISTRY OF LECTORATE (6 coristas) AND ACOLYTATE (10 coristas)
    Recoletos Formation Center
    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1991-2019)
    Fray Sixto Bitangjol
    Fray Reynaldo Jaranilla
    Fray Antonio Zabala, Jr.
    (2008-2019)
    Fray Jose Teodulfo Jadulco
    Fray Ken Oliver Lao
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    May 5, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO BULGARI& NORTH MACEDONIA
    May 5-7, 2019
    DAY 1: Rome Sofia
    07:00 Departure by air from Rome-Fiumicino International Airport from Sofia
    10:00 Arrival at Sofia International Airport
    OFFICIAL WELCOME
    MEETING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER in the Governmental Lounge of the Airport
    WELCOME CEREMONY in the square adjacent to the Presidential Palace
    COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC in the Presidential Palace
    MEETING with the AUTHORITIES, with CIVIL SOCIETY and the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in Atanas Burov Square
    VISIT TO THE PATRIARCH AND TO THE HOLY SYNOD in the Palace of the Holy Synod
    PRIVATE PRAYER BEFORE THE THRONE OF SAINTS CYRIL AND METHODIUS in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Saint Alexander Nevsky
    REGINA COELI in Saint Alexander Nevsky Square
    16:45 HOLY MASS in Knyaz Alexandar SquareI
    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Araceli de Vera, AR
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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO BULGARIA & NORTH MACEDONIA
    DAY 2: Sofia-Rakovsky-Sofia
    09:30 Departure by air from Rakovsky
    HOLY MASS WITH FIRST COMMUNIONS in the Church of thSacred Heart of Rakovsky
    Lunch with the bishops of Bulgaria in the Convent of thFranciscan Sisters
    MEETING WITH THE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY in the Church of Saint Michael Archangel in Rakovsky
    17:15
    Departure by air for Sofia
    PRAYER FOR PEACE PRESIDED AT BY THE HOLFATHER IN THE PRESENCE OF LEADERS OF THE VARIOUS RELIGIOUS CONFESSIONS IN BULGARIA in  Nezavisimost Square in Sofia
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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO BULGARIA & NORTH MACEDONIA
    DAY 3: Sofia-Skopje-Rome
    08:20 Departure by air from Sofia Airport for Skopje
    08:1Arrival at Skopje International Airport
    OFFICIAL WELCOME
    WELCOME CEREMONY in the courtyard of the PresidentiaPalace
    COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the PresidentiaPalace
    MEETING with the PRIME MINISTER in the PresidentiaPalace
    MEETING with the AUTHORITIES, with CIVIL SOCIETand with the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in the Mosaique Hall of the Presidential Palace
    VISIT TO THE MOTHER TERESA MEMORIAL WITTHE PRESENCE OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS AND MEETING WITH THE POOR
    HOLY MASS in Macedonia Square
    Lunch with the Papal Entourage
    ECUMENICAL AND INTERRELIGIOUS MEETING WITYOUNG PEOPLE in the Pastoral Centre
    MEETING WITH PRIESTS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND RELIGIOUS in the Cathedral
    FAREWELL CEREMONY at Skopje International Airport
    18:3Departure of Papal aircraft for RomeCiampino
    20:3Arrival at RomaCiampino International Airport
    WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS (cf. Message of Pope Francis: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/vocations/documents/papa
    francesco_20190131_56messaggiogiornatamondialevocazioni.html)
    MEETING OF THE PROVINCIAL SECRETARIES WITH THE GENERAL SECRETARY
    May 7-9, 2019 / Rome
    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Leopoldo Estioko
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    50TANNIVERSARY OF THE ESTABLISHMEN OF THE SACRED CONGREGATION FOR THE CAUSES OF SAINTS (1969)
    EPISCOPAL ORDINATION OF BISHOP-ELECT FIDELIS BAUTISTA LAYOG, D.D. (Auxiliary Bishop of Lingayen-Dagupan)
    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Dionisio Cachero
    Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, D.D. (Diocese of Imus)
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    RedCEAR MEETING (Coordinating Team and Technical Team)
    May 10-12, 2019 / Costa Rica
    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Elisa Cañete, AR
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Restituta Torres, AR
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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Granada
    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2007-2019)
    Fray James Castelo
    Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron
    Fray Invenzor Melgazo
    Fray Nestor Raras
    Fray Felipe Rollon, Jr.
    Fray Rellyric Delos Santos
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Eduviges de la Virgen del Carmen, AR
    Sr. Amanda de la Virgen del Carmen, AR
    Sr. Paz Reandelar, AR
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    GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING
    May 13-16, 2019 / Rome
    PHILIPPINE GENERAL ELECTION (MIDTERM)
    BIRTHDAY
    Archbp. Peter Liu Cheng-chung, D.D.
    (Archdiocese of Kaohsiung)
    Fray Jayferson Baldelovar
    Sr. Ma. Gracelda Bendoval, AR
    Sr. Loraine Lechago, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Nicolasa del Espiritu Santo, AR
    Sr. Escolastica Calsado, AR
    Sr. Natalia Paunil, AR
    Mo. Ma. Bibiana Vendiola, AR
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    PATRONAL FIESTA SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR PARISH, CASIAN ISLAND, TAYTAY, PALAWAN
    Fiesta Mass: 10:00 AM
    Mass Presider & Homilist: Fr. Rey Aguanta (Administrator, Apostolic Vicariate of Taytay)
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Gertrudes del Espiritu Santo, AR
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    10TFOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF RECOLETOS DE CASIAN COMMUNITY & SAN ISIDRO LABRADOR PARISH, CASIAN ISLAND, TAYTAY, PALAWAN (2009-2019)
    EPISCOPAL ORDINATION OF BISHOP-ELECT ALEJANDRO ACLAN, D.D. (Auxiliary Bishop-elect of Los Angeles, CA, USA / a Filipino)
    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Carmelo Borces
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Gracia Pil, AR
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    MEETING ON DISCERNMENT (FROM RAY TO SARF)
    May 17-19, 2019 / Mexico
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Lucina Cabili, AR
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    KUMPILAN NG BAYAN AT OUR LADY OF PEACE AND GOOD VOYAGE PARISH, TONDO
    Time: 1:30 PM
    Officiating Minister: Most. Rev. Broderick Pabillo, D.D.
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Prudencia Martinez, AR
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    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP 5c)
    FIESTA OF THE OUR LADY OF PEACE AND GOOD VOYAGE PARISH, TONDO
    Fiesta Mass: 9:00 AM
    Presider & Homilist: Msgr. Jose Clemente Ignacio (Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Manila)
    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Cecilia Bongcawel, AR
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Paula de la Purisima Concepcion, AR
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    ORDERWIDE MEETING OF THE NATIONAL PRESIDENTOF THE SARF
    May 20-24, 2019 / Cuernavaca, Mexico
    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Don Besana
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Dolores Cañete, AR
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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Victoria Sandiego, AR
    Sr. Sulpicia Geronimo, AR
    Sr. Cynthia Camuta, AR
    Sr. Maria Flor Mejarito, AR
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    May 22, 2019

    FEAST OF ST. RITA OF CASCIA
    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)
    Sr. Ma. Quiteria Ragundiaz, OAR (Bacolod Monastery)
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    May 23, 2019

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Caridad Salazar, AR
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    May 24, 2019

    DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH IN CHINA
    EPISCOPAL ORDINATION OF BISHOP-ELECT LEO MAGDUGO DALMAO, CMF, D.D. (Prelature of Isabela, Basilan)
    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Justina de Leon, AR
    Sr. Vicenta Climacosa, AR
    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    [1986-2019]
    Fray Eduardo Celiz, Jr.
    Fray Joel Naranja
    Fray Emilio Edgardo Quilatan
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    May 25, 2019

    FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECOLETOS DE BACOLOD COMMUNITY (1962-2019)
    FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE RECOLETOS DE MIRANILA COMMUNITY (1985-2019)
    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Rey Tripulca
    Sr. Ma. Nicholasa Sabado, AR
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Auxiliadora Somosot, AR
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    May 26, 2019

    PATRONAL FIESTA OF OUR LADY OF THE VISITATION PARISH
    (Pasibi East, Urbiztondo, Pangasinan)
    Fiesta Mass: 9:00 A.M.
    Presider & Homilist: Most Rev. Fidelis B. Layog (Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan)
    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Avelina Tatel, AR
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Angustias Librea, AR
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    May 27, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfreda Lobitaña, AR
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    May 28, 2019

    DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SANCTIFICATION OF PRIESTS
    WORLD DAY OF HUNGER (cf. LAMP 52)
    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)
    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Emilio Marquez, D.D. (Diocese of Lucena)
    Sr. Emilia Buenaseda, AR
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Carmen Bolaños, AR
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    May 29, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Salome Paderogo, AR
    Sr. Ma. Leontina Corona Mira, AR
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    May 30, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Cristituto Rey Tepace [simple prof.]
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Teresita Salada, AR
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    May 31, 2019

    FEAST OF THE VISITATION OF THBLESSED VIRGIN MARY
    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO ROMANIA
    (May 31-June 2, 2019)
    Day 1: Rome-Bucharest
    8:10 -DEPARTURE by air from Rome-Fiumicino Airport for Bucharest
    11:30 -ARRIVAL at Henri CoandăOtopeni International Airport in Bucharest
    -OFFICIAL WELCOME at the airport
    -WELCOME CEREMONY at the entrance of the complex of the Cotroceni Presidential Palace
    -COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF ROMANIA in the Cotroceni Presidential Palace
    -MEETING WITH THE PRIME MINISTER in the Cotroceni Presidential Palace
    13:00MEETING with the AUTHORITIES, with CIVIL SOCIETY and with the DIPLOMATIC CORPS in Cotroceni Palace
    15:45PRIVATE MEETING WITH THE PATRIARCH in the Palace of the Patriarchate
    -MEETING WITH THE PERMANENT SYNOD OF THE ROMANIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH in the Palace of the Patriarchate
    THE LORD’S PRAYER in the new Orthodox Cathedral
    -HOLY MASS in the Catholic Saint Joseph Cathedral
 

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