Every time we were called by our
parents or someone older than us for sure we have different responses depending
on what we do or whom are we with. We may close our ears as if nothing is
calling, we may get angry and answer the
wrong way or we may say “I’m coming!” with joy and excitement for their call.
Three thoughts came to my mind as I look
upon the calling of the first disciples:
First, what struck me when
Jesus called his disciples was that he did not choose the well – known, clever,
famous, politicians in his time but rather hw chose a simple, honest fishermen.
Maybe because God knows that a good and a generous heart is far more important
than a proud and ambitious head.
Another, when Jesus called
his disciples they are not actually found in the Gospel as praying, meditating
or inside the church but rather in their workplace. For God, beyond our work is
our daily response to God’s call to be his true followers.
Lastly, in the Old
Testament when God instructed Jonah to preach the Ninivites for their call to
repentance they immediately repent same as through with Peter, Andrew, James
and John. And in the Gospel the four fishermen immediately leave the boats and
their nets and even their father just to follow Jesus to be one of his
The calling of the
disciples two thousand years ago rouse me to reflect on God’s calling to each
and every one of us from the very moment when we receive the sacraments of
initiation. Our baptism, confirmation and every time we receive the body of
Christ in Holy Communion. It is as if God is calling us NOW. Not tomorrow, not
next week but now wherever we are, whatever we do as long as we hear the word
Although we may say
to be a Christian is easier said and done, Jesus gave us the answer as to how
we can do it with his help. This is through sincere repentance and our belief
in him. Repentance is a complete change (conversion) in our way of thinking. People’s
natural desire is for self – interest, success, money, pleasure, power and
enjoyment but when one is converted he begins to think according what God
dictates him. Belief is different from logical thinking or reasoning. It is an attempt to pattern our life as what
Every time we hear the
Word of God proclaim in the Eucharist, do we feel the invitation and call of
the Lord to be his true disciples? Are we willing to give our life and
surrender it totally to the Lord NOW? Our answers and actions will verify what sort
of believers we are.
all of us have memorable experience during our childhood days that we cherish. When
I was a child, I always boast my uncle to my fellow friends. His name was
Democrito. He was my mother’s favorite younger brother and where I also got my
name. My mom always tells beautiful stories about him that he became like a
superhero to me. Most of the time I also mention his name to my friends while
we are playing not to trick me because the time my uncle comes they will be
punish. He was my idol and I trust in him. But for all my life I haven’t seen
him yet and never could I possibly see him since two years ago my relatives in
Mindanao told us that he already passed away because of serious illness. He was
my childhood hero.
adult, I treasure those years of being once a child. The character, lifestyle,
attitude and the way of dealing with life are those that I missed now. Perhaps,
it is the reason why in the Gospel today Jesus told his disciples “anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little
child will never enter it."(Luke 18:17). He is like telling us that we should have to imbibe the
character of a child for us to enter the kingdom of God.
Looking back at my experienced I found some interesting
qualities of a child. First, a child is simple and innocent.
I mean, when he decides, talks, thinks it is always as is not complicated. What
you see is what you get. He sees things without malice or wicked desires. We
can even find in him purity and true love.
child is faithful. When he believes in someone he is always faithful to him.
But it also demands faithfulness of those he look up to. Let’s say for example
as regards promises for a child he will keep his promise but he also demands
fulfillment of the promise.
child is so dependent to his parents in all aspects. He knows that he lives
because his parents are providing all for his food, shelter, and clothing with
these characters of a child lead me to truly believe how important it is to be
faithful, simple and dependent child of God. In the end it is all our desire to
be called children of God, isn’t it?
Kada unsasabi so simba kapegleyay 2 anggad 8 ya Enero, isisilibra tayo so Somennidad na say Epifania. Sayan salita et nanlapu ed salitan Grego ya say labay ton ibaga ed say "pampakabat or pamabirbir" ed si Kristo ya sikato ed tuan too tan tuan Dios.
Diad samay istorya ed ebangelyo walaray taloran makabat nen saman ya panaon ya ingen say tradisyon ngangaranan to irarayan talo ya sikada di Melchior, Gaspar tan si Baltazar. Sarayan talo et nanregalo ed kinen ugaw ya Kristo. Sikaray angawit na balituk, insinso tan mira. Say kabaliksan daraya ed Kristiyanon konteksto ed say panmaliwan no umbaleg so sayan ugaw. Say balituk parad saray arari tan manmaliw met ya ari ed sangkamunduan si Kristo. Say Insinso et tutukuyen toy inkapari ya sikato ingey manmaliw ya sangkaatagueyan ya pari. Say mira et isisimbolo toy panangilaban nen Kristo ed amin ya katoowan ed intiron mundo laot lad saray mananisia ed sikato.
Diad sayan bekta nampabirbir si Kristo ed saramay taloran makabat. Alikna da ya sikato ya talaga so manmaliw ya ARI, sangkatagueyan ya PARI tan MANANGILABAN. Akabatan ta ed mismon mata da ya amay abayag dalan tatalaranan ed naimatonan da.
Ayan inkagawa et naynay ya nauuli lan nauulit et sikatayo met kada onloloob tayod simbahan ta akin nabibirbir tayod salita to say laman to ingen ya aawaten tayo met ed komunyon. Komun ta naalig tayo iraramay taloran wais ya makabat birbiren tayo met si Kristo tan awaten tayon naynay ed sacramentoy Santa Misa.
Barangay Canan Norte,
Malasiqui, Pangasinan will celebrate its first ever Patronal Fiesta this coming
January 14 – 15 this year. Schedule of activities are as follows:
January 6 – 14, 201: 9 day novena
in honor of Sto. Nino sponsored by the different “PUROK”
of the barangay.
January 14, 2012 : 8 o’clock in the morning procession
in the afternoon
January 15, 2012 : 8 o’clock in the morning Thanksgiving Mass
A short history
discovery of the image ofSanto
Niñodates back to
the 16th century when Magellan and other Spaniards arrived in the island of
Cebu. The people in Cebu was used to seeing a variety of ships from different
countries. The arrival of the Spaniards filled them with a lot of misgivings.
The Spaniards do not have any goods, commodities or commerce to barter unlike
the Chinese and Japanese. The only thing they had was their faith in the Savior
who died on the cross.
The Spaniards planted a cross on the island
and claimed it in the name of a king who lived far away. The lightning from a
gun and the thunder released by a cannons made the declaration of their King
more dreadful. The natives could do nothing but to listen and submit themselves
to the conversion of a new faith.
Lapu-lapu and the other island chieftains
objected to pay taxes to a king they could never behold. Instead, Rajah
Humabon, chieftain of Sugbu asked the Spaniards to pay the regular tribute upon
camping on Sugbu shores. But the Spaniards objected their demands. Noble
warriors from Sugbu believed that a king earned his title from an actual
For unknown reasons or tradeoffs, Rajah Humabon and his wife Hara Amihan
allowed themselves to be baptized on April 14, 1521 after a Siamese trader
convinced Humabon of the foolishness of combating with an evident force.
Humabon was baptized as Carlos, in honor of Carlos Primero and his wife
received the name of the queen mother. The navigator, Ferdinand Magellan gave
the queen a gift, which was the image of the Holy Child.
After the death of Magellan, the image was
found by a sailor, Juan de Camus, and was placed in the custody of the
Augustinian Church. Six years after, the image was enthroned in the very first
Christian church named Santisimo Nombre de Jesus.