Rev. Fr. Louie R. Coronel, O.P. Parish Priest, Santisimo Rosario Parish - UST Spiritual Director, Young Thomasian Professionals
We have received on the first Christmas the greatest gift we can ever have: “a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger” (Lk 2:12), the “Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). With Jesus Christ Our Lord, we can never be alone.
We should never be selfish for God Himself commanded us to “love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34). It is not a request but a command. “We love because [God] first loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). With such an overflowing love, we cannot but be a gift to others. Be the love of God who comfort those who are weary and desolate; be a shoulder to cry on for those who are in despair; be a breath of fresh air for those who are suffocated by life’s trials. One’s embrace could be of value to those who are in the cold.
One’s listening heart could renew a tired heart. One’s presence is indeed a gift that could make the difference between life and death. The love that we receive is the love that we share. Let us open our hearts to receive the grace of Christ Himself. Walang mag-iisa ngayong Pasko.
Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!
Young Thomasian Professionals Lay Dominican Group
Santísimo Rosario Parish, University of Santo Tomás
España Boulevard, Manila 1015 Philippines