Reflection on the Feast of Santo Niño

According to St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, The Father chose us through Jesus Christ, we became His adopted children. That he loved us. Even before creation, we were destined to be His children. Christ came into the world and became flesh and He welcomed us to His family after He shed His blood for the redemption of our sins.

In the Gospel according to Matthew (v. 18:1-5): “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Unless you become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom. If a man has a 100 sheep, and one is lost; he rejoices over it when it is found. That one of his little ones not be lost.”

In 2021, we celebrate 500 years of Catholicism which began in 1521 when the first Filipinos received the faith and the image of Santo Niño. For us in the parish of St. Andrew the Apostle, we look forward to our own Jubilee, the year of the parish, communion of communities. The Holy See granted the Philippine Church the privilege of establishing a feast of the Santo Niño every 2nd Sunday of Ordinary time, and because of the novelty of this feast, it is difficult to find the appropriate prayers from the Sacramentary and the Lectionary.

The Santo Niño represents the Child Jesus who was born in a manger and honoured by shepherds and angels. He was also visited by wise men from the East who believed that the emergence of a large star, portended the birth of the greatest king the world would ever serve. But this event did not change the humble heart of this Child, who chose to live simply in the household of a humbled but highly-skilled carpenter who was both architect and engineer in those days.

St. Paul in the letter to the Ephesians talks about the child’s duty to obey his parents. Jesus acted as ordinary Jewish child who was subject to the Law of Moses, to be presented to the temple together with all the other firstborn children of Galilee. The Father permitted that Jesus be obedient and to express His humanity in every way, except in committing sin. But parents have a duty to respect the child. . “Do not provoke your children to anger, but raise them with discipline and instruction about the Lord.” His divinity asserted itself once, when it was necessary for the child to visit the temple without his parents’ permission so that He could engage the elders in a discussion about Jewish Law. This was a hurtful thing to happen to His parents, especially to Mary, who felt a dagger pierce her heart. I can recall many times as a child that I would sneak off into the streets and get into accidents, causing much anxiety to my own mother. From this incident, Jesus went home to Nazareth, and there improved in age and wisdom. Even as adults, we must continue to see in ourselves, the Child Jesus, His simplicity, humility and obedience. We should continue to listen to the child within us. It is the voice of the Santo Niño, speaking to us. It is the light of the Savior shining upon us.

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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