KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS: 'Simbang Gabi 2010’ bares challenge to Catholics PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 December 2010 14:44

'SIMBANG GABI 2010’ BARES CHALLENGE TO CATHOLICS: The biggest challenge today to the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines stared on its face dawn of Thursday, December 16, 2010, at the start of its annual “midnight masses” to officially usher in Christmas 2010: how to make Catholics, particularly young Catholics, real followers and believers.

While Director Nicanor Bartolome, the chief of the Philippine National Police National Capital Regional Office, in a radio interview conceded that almost every Catholic church in Metro Manila were really full because of so many churchgoers that morning, it was evident that many of those who attended the “simbang gabi”, though physically present, were really not involved in the mass.
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MANY CATHOLICS ATTENDING MASSES NOT PAYING ATTENTION: Many, especially the younger ones who came in groups, bantered and noisily talked all the way, not paying attention to what the officiating priests were doing, not participating at all in the solemn ceremony, not understanding what, really, was going on, or why there were in church in the very first place.

Watching all of these, I sadly thought then that, many of our countrymen who had to wake up very early to go to church, braving the cold breeze of a December morning for the first dawn mass of Christmas 2010, were there for a host of reasons other than Jesus, the God and Savior. Which is, to say the least, very unfortunate, and a real waste.

For it is written: “…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead… As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead…” (James 2:17, 26, the Holy Bible).
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FIRST JOYFUL MYSTERY: BIRTH OF JESUS ANNOUNCED BY THE ANGEL GABRIEL: The Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary represent an account of how Jesus Christ started His life here on earth.

The first joyful mystery, the Annunciation, is found in Luke 1:26 to 38 of the Holy Bible, where the Angel Gabriel, “who stands in the presence of God”, came to Mary, a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.

Gabriel told Mary, who was greatly troubled by the angel’s statement that she was highly favored in the eyes of God and that “the Lord is with you”, that she will be with child and give birth to a son, whose name will be Jesus and who will actually be called the Son of the Most High and will be given the throne of King David.

Mary was incredulous, and actually asked the angel how could she give birth when she had not known a man. The angel told her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and the power of the Most High will overshadow her “so the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

The angel then assured Mary: “For nothing is impossible with God.” In reply, Mary uttered “I am the Lord’s servant, may it be to me as you have said.” --Atty. Batas Mauricio