The Church in the Philippines has a special permission to reserve one Sunday just to celebrate the Feast of the Child Jesus—the Santo Niño. The readings give us an opportunity to get to know Jesus as a child.
In the Gospel (Lk. 2: 41-52) after Mary and Joseph completed the celebration of the Feast of the Passover, they returned and journeyed for a day before discovering that Jesus was not in the caravan with them. They returned to Jerusalem to look for him for three days and found him in the temple, “sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers.” When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
In the beginning, Jesus already knew His identity. That’s why He stayed behind in the Temple even when it’s time to go home. He wasn’t lost at that time. Jesus claimed it with confidence and certainty when He said, “Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
How about you, do you know that you are God’s child?
Also, Jesus knew His mission. He was already clear about what He should be doing while in this world. This should be the same with us. If you haven’t found your purpose in life, it’s time to think seriously about it. Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
Finally, Jesus teaches us to be obedient: “He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them...”
Knowing our purpose isn’t enough. There has to be both a spirituality and obedience to the will of God. After your conversion, you have that responsibility to be in the “Father’s house”, just like Jesus.
In this Feast of the Sto. Niño, let us pray that we may be reminded of our identity as sons and daughters of the Father. May we know and fulfill our mission and calling in life. May this knowledge make us bow down in humility and become obedient to God.
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. Any who did accept Him, He empowered to become children of God.” (Jn 1:14.12)