Posted by: RAM | January 15, 2017

Feast of the Sto. Niño (January 15): “‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’

Mabuhay at Mabuting Balita
Month of the Holy Name
Feast of the Sto. Niño
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 64

First Reading: Isaiah 9:1-6
Psalms 97:  The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice.
Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-6, 15-18
Gospel: Matthew 18:1-5, 10
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.  ‘Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven.

Reflection:  “The feast of the Santo Niño gives us an opportunity to examine ourselves whether or not we are growing in our spiritual life. Jesus presents a child as a model, a standard by which we can measure ourselves to nd out if we are advancing in virtue and grace…”
– Fr. Felipe Fruto Ll. Ramirez, SJ

Saint of the Day: St. Paul the Hermit, Patron of San Pablo City, Philippines (229-342)
Also known as Paul the First Hermit and Paul of Thebes, an Egyptian hermit and friend of St. Jerome. Born in Lower The baid, Egypt, he was left an orphan at about the age of fifteen and hid during the persecution of the Church under Emperor Traj anus Decius. At the age of twenty two he went to the desert to circumvent a planned effort by his brother in law to report him to authorities as a Christian and thereby gain control of his property. Paul soon found that the eremitical life was much to his personal taste, and so remained in a desert cave for the rest of his reportedly very long life. His contemplative existence was disturbed by St. Anthony, who visited the aged Paul. Anthony also buried Paul, supposedly wrapping him in a cloak that had been given to Anthony by St. Athanasius. According to legend, two lions assisted Anthony in digging the grave. While there is little doubt that Paul lived, the only source for details on his life are found in the Vita Pauli written by St. Jerome and preserved in both Latin and Greek versions.  http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=5280

More Saints of the Day:
St. Arnold Jansen
St. Beauch (Bagug)
St. Blaithmaic
St. Bonitus
St. Ceolwulf of Northumbria
St. Emebert
St. Ephysius
St. Eugyppius
Bl. Frances de Capillas
St. Francisco Fernandez de Capillas
St. Francis Ferdinand de Capillas
St. Ita
St. John Calabytes
St. Liewellyn & Gwrnerth
St. Lleudadd
St. Macarius the Great
St. Malard
St. Maura & Britta
St. Maximus of Nola
St. Nina
St. Paul the Hermit
Bl. Peter of Castelnau
St. Sawl
St. Secundina
St. Tarsicia
St. Teath

Let me be the change I want to be. Even if I am not the light, I can be the spark.  Follow Tweets by @TheOneKinEnt  @Pontifex @CardinalChito Maynila, Pilipinas

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