January 18, 2016
Bishop Vergara leads Solemn Mass for Sto. Nino feast day
Diocese of Pasig Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara D.D. presided over the Missa Solemne during the grand feast day celebration to honor the Sto. Nino, patron of Sto. Nino de Taguig Parish held Sunday (January 17) at 10:00am.
SNP Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Daniel L. Estacio assisted Bishop Vergara in the solemn Eucharistic celebration held in a full-packed church attended by some 3,000 parishioners and guests.
“Ang kuwento ng pagkawala ni Hesus sa ebanghelyo (Luke 2:41-52) ay kuwento ng atingbuhay,” said Vergara in his homily
The Bishop shared three points for reflection from the Gospel story. “First was PAGKAWALA. Just as the young Jesus was “lost” or separated from His parents, we, too, experience getting lost when we fall into sin. Pag tayo’y naliligaw ng landas, nawawala ang Diyos sa ating buhay,” he explained.
“Second was PAGHAHANAP. When we get alienated from God through sin, we are bothered by our conscience and we wish to return to God, but it’s God who seeks us,” he said.
“The last point was PAG-UWI. According to the Gospel, Jesus advanced in wisdom and age when He was back in Nazareth with His parents. Sa pag-uwi natin, sana lumago na rin ang ating buhay ispiritwal,” said the bishop.
Bishop Vergara explained that the most popular image of Baby Jesus is the image of the globe on His palm. “While Atlas, the Greek mythology character seems burdened as he carries the world on his shoulder, the Sto. Niño, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to feel the weight of the world. It’s because, the Baby Jesus is holding the world with love,” he said.
“Sa daloy ng buhay pauwi sa langit, gawin natin nang buong pag-ibig ang lahat para sa Diyos at sa kapwa,” Vergara stressed.
In his message, Fr. Estacio said that the parish is lucky because on the occasion of its 29thfiesta, it is the bishop who presided the mass. He also expressed his gratitude to the city and barangay officials, the Reyna Juana 2016 candidates, former Mayor De Guzman, the hermanos and hermanas, the Committee de Festejos, the PPC and parish organizations who offered their time, talents and resources for the success of the fiesta.
“Bahala na si Sto. Niño sa pagbigay ng gantimpala sa inyo. Nawa tayong lahat ay umuwi sa Ama,” the parish priest said.
The candidates of the Queen Juana 2016, local officials and guests attended the feast day mass while the faculty of the Sto. Nino Catholic School performed a Sinulog dance before the start of the fiesta mass. ###
(Judith Obusan, SNP Media Ministry)