Wednesday, 23 December 2020 18:37


May God be praised! The pandemic has not stopped the people to express their faith. With proper health protocols and the cooperation of our local government officials, many people have attended our Simbang Gabi Masses and received the sacraments. Many more followed our religious activities in their homes through the internet. Many parishes organized online recollections during the Advent season, with the participation of the faithful. All of these manifest the faith and devotion of our people and their great longing to welcome the Lord Jesus with the Blessed Virgin Mary. May God be praised! We thank our priests and our media people for their indefatigable work during these days.

Now we receive the message of the angel: “For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord” (Lk. 2:11). The Immanuel is among us! Yes, we are beset by many problems. Many are still jobless. Uncertainties stare at us in the face. There is anger in the wake of violence, as the senseless killing of the mother and her son in Tarlac, and by a policeman at that. The vaccine which is supposed to be a solution to the pandemic is becoming a source of controversy. We are no strangers to problems and difficulties. We do not know how these can be solved, or at least averted. But Christmas assures us: God is with us. God has become man in order to share our journey in this life. This is the source of our confidence and joy. As God assured Joshua, so he assures us: “Be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, your God, is with you wherever you go” (Jos. 1:9). Indeed God is with us. He is Immanuel!

 Merry Christmas to us all!


Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila


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