Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Naalala ko pa noong nasa elementary school days pa ako, sa tuwing sasapit ang Kapaskuhan ay excited na excited pa ang mga batang katulad ko sa panahong ito. Malamig na ang panahon at may mga nag nagcacaroling na, tapos sa school may special Christmas program. Syempre laging may something new pero hindi lang naman ang kagamitan ang tila nagpapasaya sa mga bata. Iba ang "atmosphere" tuwing sasapit ang kapaskuhan. Ngunit ako ang may napapansin na kapag nagiging teenager na o "umi-edad na" ay wari baga'y nawawala na ang "sense of wonder" o pagtataka na katangian ng mga bata ang mga "nagkaka-edad na" sa Christmas celebration.
The wonder of Christmas is not something we possess but it is something that possesses us. Ito ay sangkap ng Pasko na mayroon lagi ang mga bata iba kaysa sa palagay natin na parang nag-iisip bata. This is something we need to savor whenever we hear the song "Joy to the World". This is God's delicacies He prepared to those who are in tune with Him. We look at the Savior's birth with hope and expectation that will fulfill our pursuit of perfectness or holiness. It is our separation from other creatures that though we see the world as fragile and fallen as it is, we aspire and dream of a paradise that only the Divine can give.
Ang malalim na problema ng tao sa mga struggles niya sa kasalanan, kalamidad, karamdaman at kabiguan ang nagtutulak upang hanapin niya ang kasagutan. These are realities we have to face everyday. The only solution is not enchantment or day dreaming. Tingnan natin ang isang bata when he open up his box of gift. In a moment, we can see how the little boy wonder that made his eyes wide open as he is fascinated by the present. Hindi natin kailangan ng explanation with the mystery of virgin birth kundi ng pananalig na kaya Niyang gawin ito para sa ating nais manampalataya. Pero someone said that life consist of four stages. In the first stage, we believe in Santa Claus. At the second stage we no longer believe in Santa Claus. The third stage is when we find out that we are Santa Claus. The fourth stage and final stage has arrived when we look like Santa Claus.
Let us keep our amazement and wonder at Savior's birth just like those who heard the shepherds had told them (Luke 2:18) and when the child's father and mother heard what was being said about Jesus (Luke 2:33). Have a blessed Christmas to all!