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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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Felipe Rollon, Jr.

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1984-2018)
    Fray Constantino Real
    (2007-2018)
    Fray Excel Saycon
    Fray Allan Rubett Cabatian

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    (2014-2018)
    Fray Cornelio Moral

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    December 2, 2018

    1ST SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    OPENING OF THE “YEAR OF THE YOUTH” (PHILIPPINE CHURCH)

    39th INTRAMUROS GRAND MARIAN PROCESSION (IGMP)
    Start of the Procession: 4:00 P.M.
    Carroza #70: Nuestra Sra. de la Salud

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    December 3, 2018

    OAR SOLIDARITY DAY

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1994-2018)
    Fray Rouel Sia
    Fray Joel Villaruel
    Fray Bernabe Dosdos

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    (2011-2018)
    Fray Crisostomo Garnica

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    PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray John Paul Tanquis
    Fray Kenneth Caligdong
    Sr. Noemi Manzo, AR

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    December 5, 2018

    430th ANNIVERSARY (1588-2018) OF THE AUGUSTINIAN RECOLLECTION

    SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARCORES LAUNCHING

    27th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF SEMoNoRe, Antipolo
    PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    OLCP Church, Miranila, QC / Time: 9:00 AM
    Ordaining Prelate:
    Most Rev. Antonio Tobias, D.D.
    (Bishop of Novaliches)
    Ordinandi:
    Fray Paul S. Demillones, OAR
    Fray Niel Ryan E. Jarumay, OAR
    Fray Keneth B. Pahamutang, OAR
    Fray Elpedio N. Sarita, Jr., OAR
    Fray Kenneth S. Caligdong, OAR

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1995-2018)
    Fray Reynaldo Jaranilla
    Fray Antonio Zabala, Jr.
    (2003-2018)
    Fray Romeo Ben Potencio, Jr.
    (2009-2018)
    Fray Roy Baluarte
    Fray Dominador Mercado, Jr.
    Fray Renier Alviola
    Fray Christopher Gaspar

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    Sr. Ma. Grace Gicos, OAR (2014-2018)

    ANNIVERSARY (2006-2018) OF ACCEPTANCE AS SISTERS-GENERAL OF THE ORDER (OAR)
    Ms. Brenda Saliendra
    Ms. Nestoria Bad-an

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Juana de Sta. Rita, AR

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    December 6, 2018

    REAP SEMINAR
    Inclusive Dates: December 6-7, 2018
    Seminar Work on the Life and Mission Project (LAMP) of the Educational Apostolate at Talavera House of Prayer- Recoletos, Cebu City

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Manuel Lipardo
    Fray Amado Emmanuel Bolilia

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Paciencia Orsolino, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jose Jaazeal Jakosalem
    Fray Stephen Pejano
    Sr. Teodora Gentapa, AR
    Sr. Marlyn Escalante, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Andrea Martinez, AR

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    December 8, 2018

    SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

    ROME: Act of Veneration to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Spanish Steps (1600H, Rome Time)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Leo Neil Bullos
    Sr. Concepcion Anadon, AR
    Sr. Concepcion Potoy, AR

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1967-2018)
    Most Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, D.D. (Diocese of Bacolod)
    (1972-2018)
    Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco, D.D. (Diocese of Cubao)
    (2000-2018)
    Fray Jose Alden Alipin
    Fray Don Besana
    Fray James Bumangabang
    Fray Arnel Diaz
    Fray Rommel Rubia
    Fray Edgar Tubio
    (2006-2018)
    Fray Roland Cepe
    Fray Abraham Latoza
    Fray Gideon Antolin Lagrimas
    (2015-2018)
    Fray Ken Oliver Lao
    Fray Nimrod Launio
    Fray Leo Neil Bullos
    Fray Mark Ryan Prado
    Fray Enrico Nacorda
    Fray Nelson Plohimon
    Fray John Zachary Haguisan
    Fray Rafael Pecson
    Fray Jerik Troy Siozon
    Fray Lounal Jarumay

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    Sr. Marites Carasig, OAR
    Sr. Lucita Minguito, OAR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    Sr. Marites Carasig, OAR
    Sr. Lucita Minguito, OAR

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    2ND SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Alberta Tabon, AR
    Sr. Ma. Rosalina Fuertes, AR
    Sr. Herminia Limotlimot, AR
    Sr. Myrna Mianagua, AR
    Sr. Bernadette Calzado, AR

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (2002-2018)
    Fray Joel Dequilla
    Fray Jay Parilla
    Fray Niño Cesar Ruiz

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Magdalena de Sta. Maria, AR
    Sr. Potenciana de la Encarnacion,AR

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    MEETING (VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE) OF THE GENERAL COMMISSION ON SOCIAL APOSTOLATE

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    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (2010-2018)
    Fray Persiuz Joseph Decena

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  • 2:50 PM
    December 12, 2018

    EPISCOPAL ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY
    (2001-2018)
    Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

    HOMETOWN THANKSGIVING MASS OF FRAY KENNETH CALIGDONG, OAR
    St. Joseph Parish / Brooke’s Point, Palawan
    9:30 A.M.

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    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1969-2018)
    Pope Francis
    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Carmen de Sto. Niño, AR

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    MEETING OF THE GENERAL COMMISSION ON COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS
    Inclusive Dates: December 14-16, 2018 / Rome
    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Charlito Orobia

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    December 15, 2018

    1ST SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT
    Venue: Cebu Institute of Technology – University Gymnasium
    Time: 9:00AM – 5:00PM
    Keynote Speaker: Fr. Jessel Gerard Gonzales, SJ

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Florinda Gonzales, AR

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    December 16, 2018

    3RD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    SIMBANG GABI STARTS

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Evangeline Geuncion, AR
    Sr. Paulina Admana, AR
    Sr. Ma. Milgaros Lucero, AR

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    December 17, 2018

    HOMETOWN THANKSGIVING MASS OF FRAY KENETH PAHAMUTANG, OAR
    Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish / Tagbilaran City, Bohol
    9:30 A.M.

    BIRTHDAY
    POPE FRANCIS (Jorge Mario Bergoglio)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Generosa Dimapilis, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Most Rev. Ryan Jimenez, D.D. (Bishop of Chalan Kanoa)

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    GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING
    Inclusive Dates: December 19-21 / Rome

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Excel Saycon
    Sr. Modesta San Jose, AR

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    HOMETOWN THANKSGIVING MASS OF FRAY PAUL DEMILLONES, OAR
    Our Lady of Consolation Parish / Tacloban City, Leyte
    10:00 A.M.

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Albert Pellazar

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Soledad Samonte, AR

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    December 21, 2018

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1965-2018)
    Most Rev. Antonio Tobias, D.D. (Diocese of Novaliches)

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    December 22, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Emma Navea, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1986-2018)
    Fray Agustin Culaton

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    (1989-2018)
    Fray Agustin Culaton

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Mercedes Jayme, AR
    Sr. Felicidad Pangilinan, AR

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    December 23, 2018

    4TH SUNDAY OF ADVENT
    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ricky John Austria

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Allan Jacinto
    Most Rev. Natale Paganelli, SX (Diocese of Makeni)

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    December 25, 2018

    CHRISTMAS DAY
    Urbi et Orbi / 12:00 NN (Rome Time)

    BIRTHDAY OF:
    Sr. Mary Lou Duhino, AR

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1980-2018)
    Most Rev. Natale Paganelli, SX (Diocese of Makeni)

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    December 26, 2018

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Maria Gavino, AR

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    December 27, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Editha Escalania, AR
    Sr. Filomena Atun, AR

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    December 28, 2018

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joel Naranja
    Fray Niño Cesar Ruiz
    Fray Jessriel Marcha

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    December 29, 2018

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Justa de Jesus, AR

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    December 30, 2018

    FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
    [Rizal Day: Regular Holiday]

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    December 31, 2018

    ROME: Celebration of Vespers and Te Deum in Thanksgiving for the past year (1700H, Rome Time)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Antonio Zabala, Jr.
    Fray Jose Alden Alipin
    Sr. Potenciana Azurin, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Benigna de la Purisima Concepcion, AR

    HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!

     

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