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The Greatest Is the Nobody

Updated on May 3, 2017

Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven!

Give no matter how small the humble receiver feel loved and cared...
Give no matter how small the humble receiver feel loved and cared... | Source
Give no matter how small the humble receiver feel loved and cared...
Give no matter how small the humble receiver feel loved and cared... | Source
Give no matter how small the humble receiver feel loved and cared...
Give no matter how small the humble receiver feel loved and cared... | Source

I'm a Nobody and I'm the Greatest!

The celebration of the feast of the Holy Child Jesus, the Sto. Nino is very known to devout devotees for his devotion in the Philippines specifically in Cebu City as the miraculous image to obtain various physical, spiritual and mental healing, and material favors from God. The Sto. Nino is believed to be a welcoming and approachable Child for everyone. Mostly, in different places, people dance in the streets and making merry to manifest their deep devotion and thanksgiving not only for material but also spiritual blessings they received from the Holy Child. Furthermore, one vital way to deeply understand this celebration is suggested by today’s first and second readings and most especially by the message of the gospel for us: to reflect and possess the virtues and qualities of a child so as to enter in the Kingdom of Heaven.

In our first reading, we are invited to see the Sto. Nino with a grateful heart for His great light shines in us and removes us from darkness. A child is born to us; a son is given us as the full revelation of God who is our “Wonder-Councilor”, “God-Hero”, “Father-Forever”, and “Prince of peace”. The Sto. Nino is God’s fullness image for us to realize His will to enter into our life in a real and personal relationship with us. That is why, he reveals Himself to us today through the Holy Child Jesus, makes himself visible for us as a child to draw us to Him. But, it is also an imperative challenge for us to correspondingly “draw ourselves to God so that he will draw near to us”. (that is in James 4:8) And we should cast all our cares on him not on other unsubstantial or unimportant things like vices, gambling, backbiting or viciousness, etc., that would lead to darkness and sin, rather, to God alone because he unconditionally cares for us. My dear brothers and sisters, we are called to be closer to God and to be like Him, a lover of peace and to become heroes in our very own little ways by doing good and just deeds towards others and in our community.


In the second reading on the other hand, we receive a great privilege to share together the love of God for us, as adopted children through the Child Jesus. The image of the Sto. Nino reflects as our concrete and visible reminder that our Heavenly Father, the most gracious and loving has freed us from the slavery of sin. That is why, my dear brothers and sisters, we should not cease or dare to stop making ourselves available for God and to others as our countenance in giving thanks for everything that we have right now, little or abundant; for through it, we express the glory and dignity of our life, our human existence God has given us. Nonetheless, human as we are it is a sad and undeniable reality that we tend to forget in our life to express our gratitude to God for our big accomplishments and even in our little accomplishments. Somewhat, we boast ourselves with so much arrogance to others and think that we are better than them or to anyone. And this happens anytime, anywhere when we are overshadowed by our pride and self-ego in the midst of so many people who have less wealth, money, and accomplishments; to the poor, to those who are usually insulted and persecuted in a form of bullying, perversion, public-defamation etc., as if the person has no dignity because he is considered as nobody and not famous. (There is a song that would help us realize that love and our act of giving with a welcoming hand are important than our wealth, money, and fame) (SING: PRICE TAG).

"Seems like everybody's got a price,
I wonder how they sleep at night
When the sale comes first
And the truth comes second.
Just stop for a minute and smile

Why is everybody so serious?
Acting so damn mysterious?
Got your shades on your eyes
And your heels so high
That you can't even have a good time

[Pre-chorus:]
Everybody look to their left (yeah)
Everybody look to their right
Can you feel that (yeah)
We're paying with love tonight?

[Chorus:]
It's not about the money, money, money
We don't need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag
Ain't about the (uh) ch-ch-ching ch-ching
Ain't about the (yeah) bl-bling-bl-bling
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag (OK)

[Jessie J]
We need to take it back in time,
When music made us all unite!
And it wasn't low blows and video hoes,
Am I the only one getting tired?

Why is everybody so obsessed?
Money can't buy us happiness
Can we all slow down and enjoy right now?
Guarantee we'll be feeling alright

[Pre-chorus:]
Everybody look to their left (to their left)
Everybody look to their right (to their right)
Can you feel that (yeah)
We're paying with love tonight?

[Chorus:]
It's not about the money, money, money
We don't need your money, money, money
We just wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag
Ain't about the (uh) ch-ch-ching ch-ching
Ain't about the (yeah) bl-bling-bl-bling
Wanna make the world dance,
Forget about the price tag"

This song sung by Jessie J simply implies that it is love and cares we let others feel that always matter and not the money we possess that blinds us to see with an emphatic eyes the needs of of those neglected in the society. Real treasures are the kindness and generosity we lovingly manifest to others who are considered "nobody". And not money! Most often than not, we tend to forget that it is not us alone who accomplished as such and as if God was never there who helped, guided and granted us His graces and blessings to reach top: to reach what we are now at this very moment of our life. And the worst case scenario is we come to think of ourselves that we are the greatest. However, let me ask you these questions: Who is really the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven? Who really are those people who may easily enter God’s kingdom?

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, the gospel (MT. 18:1-5, 10) narrative beckons us, that each one of us is called not only to reflect on its message for us, but to embrace it, to possess it, deep within our life that our passport to enter the Heavenly kingdom are the intrinsic worth or virtues of a child: innocent, humble, loving, forgiving, generous, welcoming and most of all clean of heart. Jesus’ words are very clear to us that we have to be like a child possessing qualities that will bring us to His kingdom. “Whoever humbles himself like a child is the greatest in His kingdom. And whoever receives one child on His name receives Him.” But, who are these children He wants us to receive? These are the people whom we don’t care about: the poor ones who cannot give us anything. Moreover, Jesus’ instruction not to despise the little ones simply means “do not despise Him”. In other words, Jesus speaks straight to us, touching our hearts, telling us to lovingly welcome with humble and innocent heart our poor little brothers and sisters in our community, (in school, outside our houses and offices, in the markets and in the streets) that are mostly branded as nobodies, insignificant, and useless in the society. The image of the Sto. Nino my dear brothers and sisters reminds us that we should not harden or toughen our hearts and neglect them, so that we may always feel the need for us to generously extend our hands to offer help that will aid and lessen their struggles and sufferings in life, even how small or how little it is, as our tangible expressions of gratefulness and praise to God for everything we have received from His favor. Our good works and deeds towards others are symbols of our being humble and welcoming like the virtues of a child and these are more important, holy and pleasing to the eyes of Sto. Nino than dancing, feasting and making merry. Let us always remember that Jesus became a child so that we may learn and pattern our life on His virtues or good qualities, for us to enter the Kingdom of God in Heaven. And as we continue to humbly reflect on this message, we may ask ourselves: How am I able to sensitively do good and just things for others; the less fortunate people, the nobodies whom I often neglect in my midst? Help no matter how small will make the humble receiver feel love and cared for. In the eyes of God no one is useless after all. A Nobody, I am proud!

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