No. 851 Diocese of Marbel, Philippines 3 January 2016
“Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.” (Jh. 3: 16)
God took the initiative because he is Love. Love must be shared.
Our response to God’s love initiative is Faith. Faith in Jesus Christ. This means three things:
- Accept Jesus in our hearts – welcome him;
- Trust in Jesus because he is God-made-man;
- Obey him wholeheartedly.
Result? Union with God in everlasting happiness.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph form the “HOLY” family.
Holy means different. Jesus is true God and true man. Mary is full of grace – sinless. And Joseph is reputed to be a just man.
Persons are subjects of rights and duties. Jesus, must be about his Father’s business. But he was obedient to Mary and Joseph. Mary and Joseph cared for Jesus. So “Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor before God and man.” (Lk. 2: 52)
Mary is the Mother of Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God made man. Hence, Mary is the Mother of God.
In 431 the Council of Ephesus declared Mary as Mother of God or “Theotokos” (God-bearer).
Blessed Pope Paul VI declared in 1974 January 1 of every year as a World Day of Prayer for Peace.
Peace is “harmony.” “Tranquillity of Order.” The order is: first, God; second, spiritual, moral, intellectual, artistic, etc. values; third, material things. When money is preferred over honesty, there is unpeace.
St. John XXIII stated in “Peace on Earth” that the four pillars of peace are: truth, justice, love and freedom.
Pope Francis on World Day of Peace said: “overcome indifference and win peace.”
At Jesus’ birth poor Jewish shepherds were the first to pay Jesus homage.
Sometime later wise men from the East – rich non-Jews – did him homage.
Magi used to belong to the rebellious tribe of the Medes who rose against the Persian (Iranian) King. They were defeated. So they dedicated themselves to the study of philosophy, religion, law and natural sciences. They became advisers to the Kings.
So Jesus manifested himself to the non-Jews – the gentiles. Salvation is inclusive.
Three kinds of persons in today’s gospel:
1) Herod who was anti-Jesus; 2) priests and scribes whose attitude was one of indifference; 3) Magi who responded positively to the appearance of the star and when they found the new-born King of the Jews offered him “gifts of gold for the great King, frankincense for the true God and myrrh for his burial” (Ant. Canticle of Zechariah, Monday after Epiphany).
Pope Francis exhorted us in his Mass at St. Mary Major to overcome our indifference and to be committed toworld peace.
HELP Implement COP 21 Results in the Country by Issuing TEPO vs. Sarangani Coal-fired Power Plant
Sr. Susan O. Bolanio, OND and Fr. Rey CarvynOndap, CP, petitioners against the Sarangani coal-fired power plant in Kamanga, Maasim, Sarangani Province filed yesterday their motion for reconsideration on the Supreme Court’s dismissal of their petition and urged Chief Justice Sereno to lead the Philippine judiciary in playing a key role in implementing the recent results of COP 21 in Paris, particularly in the phasing out of fossil fuels in the country by ruling against the 200MW coal-fired power plant in Sarangani Province.
“As a result of the Paris Agreement, the world is on its path towards the phase-out of fossil fuels and coal-fired power plants will become an anomalous way of generating energy”, said Sr. Susan Bolanio, OND, one of the petitioners
“The judiciary should play its role in phasing out fossil fuel-based forms of energy generation and the Supreme Court, through the leadership of Chief Justice Sereno, can play a key role by issuing a TEPO against the Sarangani coal-fired power plant now”, added the feisty religious from the Mindanao-based Oblates of Notre Dame, who has amassed a significant track record fighting progressive causes dating back from the Martial Law era including environmental causes.
The organization handling the petition is Biodiversity, Innovation, Trade and Society (BITS) Policy Center, Inc., a member of AksyonKlimaPilipinas, a well-known national network of civil society network engaged on issues relating to climate change.
- JANUARY 2016 SCHEDULE
|01 –||SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF||17 –||Fiesta Mass, Tampakan, 8am|
|GOD||–||Fiesta Mass, Maitum, 8am|
|WORLD DAY OF PEACE||18 –||Visit, CMF, Provincial, 9am|
|03 –||SOLEMNITY OF THE EPIPHANY OF||19 –||CBCP’s Regional Mtg., Montebello Hotel,|
|THE LORD||Cebu City, 7:30pm|
|08 –||Mass & Confirmation, Tampakan, 8am||20-22 –||Theological Symposium|
|11 –||Conference & Mass, Poor Clares, 9am||21 –||CBCP’s Permanent Council’s Mtg., 2:30pm|
|12 –||Priests’ Joint Recollection, Norala Parish,9am||22 –||PREX Marbel, Bp.’s Res., 6pm|
|13 –||TOEs, Bishop’s Res., 9am||22-24 –||(noon). CBCP’s Plenary Assembly|
|15 –||Fiesta Mass, Bula, 5am||23 –||Fiesta Mass, Sto. Niño, 9:30am|
|16 –||Couples for Christ, SMAP, 6pm||24-31 –||Int’l. Eucharistic Congress, Cebu City|
|Opening Mass, 24th, 4pm.|
|Closing Mass, 31st, 4pm|
- JANUARY BIRTHDAY CELEBRANTS
Prayerful birthday greetings to:
Fr. Mario Eudela (Jan. 15); Fr. Francisco Romano (Jan. 16);
Fr. Ariel Destora (Jan. 22); and Fr. Romeo Catedral (Jan. 26).
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