Holy Childhood Day

Sunday, January 20, 2019

First reading: Is. 9:1-6

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who lived in a land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at harvest, as they exult when dividing the spoils. For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, the rod of their taskmaster, you have smashed, as on the day of Midian. For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for fire. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, upon David’s throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!

Second reading: Eph. 1:3-6,15-18

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.

Therefore, I, too, hearing of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love for all the holy ones, do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation resulting in knowledge of him. May the eyes of [your] hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones.

Gospel: Lk. 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 Jesus 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 midst 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.

In other words Fr. Roger Solis, SVD (University of San Carlos, Cebu City)

The devotion to the Sto. 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 what plans He has prepared for us. Whether it is difficult and challenging or easy and light, we should continue to develop that childlike attitude in accepting whatever fate awaits us. It is very disheartening, however, that many people today 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. List often, children are happy if they are surrounded with people who share pleasant and life-giving experiences. Adults should learn from this simples 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 Sto. Niño! Viva Pit Señor.

Tags: Bible reflection, Witness to the Word