The Catholic community in the Philippines, especially in Cebu, celebrates today — the 3rd Sunday of January, the 15th in 2017 — the Feast of the Holy Child Jesus, more known as Santo Niño de Cebu.
In the regular 9:30 AM Mass for Bosconian Alumni and Families at the chapel of Don Bosco Technical College – Cebu, Fr. Noel Sebetero, SDB, focused his homily on:
- Learning from the Devotion to the Holy Child Jesus, of going back to the child-like virtues of …
- Humility before God;
- Dependence to God;
- Trust in God; and
- The Challenge of today’s Gospel of a Great Responsibility, a call not to lead children towards sin.
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
Jesus in Matthew 18: 6
Matthew 18: 1-6; 10
The Greatest in the Kingdom
1 At that time the disciples* approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 He called a child over, placed it in their midst,
3 and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5 And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.
Temptations to Sin
6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father.”
Here’s Part 1 of the homily …
… and Part 2.
Viva Pit Señor Sto. Niño!