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.

img_1003aIn 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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!

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Devotees dance the Sinulog — a prayer with petitions — with the image of the Holy Child Jesus after the 9:30 AM Mass at the DBTC Cebu chapel.
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