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Follow That Star

We celebrate today the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord. Unlike last year, I wasn't able to attend the first Mission Core Assembly for 2014 due to dysmenorrhea and migraine. Instead, I attended the children's mass at Sto. Rosario De Pasig Parish Church. 

Fr. Lito Jopson gave a beautiful reflection on today's Gospel. He stressed three important lessons from the story of the wise men: 

1. Desire to see God.
2. Actively search for Him. 
3. Have courage to follow where He leads you. 

Because true wisdom comes from God alone. :)

Yes, it's still Christmas! :) Everyday that we give birth to Christ in our hearts, it will always be Christmas. After all, as Fr. Joel Jason beautifully wrote, Christmas is not about a holiday. It is about ChristIt is an event of faith that carries with it a summon, a challenge, a task that can be threatening when we take it seriously.

And while He is Emmanuel (with us), we still need to desire to see Him, actively search for Him, and have courage to follow where He leads. This is the very essence of Christmas, and yes, Epiphany, it being the manifestation of Christ - and Christ will only manifest if we so desire, seek, and follow that star which ultimately leads to Him. :) 

To put everything in a song, here's the Christmas Station ID of GMA. Just to be fair, I also watched the Kapamilya Station ID, it's quite long, it's fun and beautiful, but it's nothing compared to how perfectly this song embodies the true meaning of Christmas. :)

Dalawang libong taong ang lumipas
Ngunit hindi pa kumukupas
Ang kwento ng sanggol na isinilang
Sa isang malamig na sabsaban

Sa ating pagdiwang bawat taon
Sa pagsilang sa ating Panginoon
Gunitain sa gitna ng pagsasaya
Ang tunay na mahalaga

Sundan muli ang bituin
Siya ang maghahatid pabalik sa Kanyang piling
Ang regalo ng pasko ay ang pagsilang kay HesuKristo
Ipagdiwang natin ng buong puso

Sana'y 'di malimot balikan
Ang tunay na diwa ng kapaskuhan
Sa araw na ito isinilang
Ang magliligtas sa buong sangkatauhan

Sa ating pagdiwang bawat taon
Sa pagsilang sa ating Panginoon
Tandaan sa Kanya nagmula
Kapayapaan at ligaya

Sundan muli ang bituin
Siya ang maghahatid pabalik sa Kanyang piling
Ang regalo ng pasko ay ang pagsilang kay HesuKristo
Ipagdiwang natin ng buong puso

Gloria In Excelsis Deo

Gloria In Excelsis Deo

Ipagdiwang natin ng buong puso

Siya ang maghahatid pabalik sa Kanyang piling
Sundan muli ang bituin, ang bituin

Ipagdiwang ang pasko ng buong puso

"Sundan natin ang bituin pabalik sa Kanyang piling." | Follow that star that leads back to God. :)

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