Day One: Misa De Gallo
16 December 2016 and the night before (Simbang Gabi)
Is. 56: 1-8
Jn. 5: 33-36
Introduction: 1521 occurred the First Mass and First Baptisms in our Land; 2021 recalls the first coming (unang pagdating) and the first receiving (unang pagtanggap) of the Gospel of Christ and of his Church by the Filipinos 500 years ago. The entire Country is preparing and has been preparing since 10 years ago in 2011 for this 500 years of our Christianization. Taunang paghahanda sa loob ng 10 taon ay puspusang pang-eebanghelyo tungo sa pagbabago ng mga ugali na binansagang sigaw ng CBCP “Live Christ, Share Christ” “Kristo Isabuhay at Ibahagi.” Sa loob ng siyam na gabi at siyam na madaling-araw, ating pagnilayan ang tugon ng Bayan sa napakalaking biyayang ito: Ang Pananampalatayang Katoliko at Kristiyano sa loob ng 500 years. What does this include?
(1) We stand in awe and wonder at this generous gift of Faith. And who are we to be bestowed with such grace? We offer to God our humble gratitude and as a people exclaim our song of wonder and of praise.
(2) We look at and follow Jesus who went around doing good; we listen to his words and observe his deeds. We believe, hope, and love like Christ who lived poor. Thus did we resolve that the Church in our Land would truly become “a Church of the poor.”
(3) We re-awaken our hopes and dreams and aspirations as a people to be a truly “renewed Christian Society, life, and culture” . . . based on the Gospel Beatitudes, suffused with Christian values of love and peace, of joy and hospitality, of patience and Justice, to be one and become an evangelized and evangelizing nation centered on the Eucharist, serving the poor, and reaching out to peoples of all beliefs, so as to make our Country “a genuine center of constant missionary outreach.”
Conclusion: All of the above are the grace “that go before and follow after” that we ask for at our Opening Prayer and the testimony of the Spirit Himself about Jesus, the Son of God and about his true Church, his Mystical Body.
Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, DD
Bishop of Novaliches