GUIGINTO, Bulacan, Dec. 15, 2015 – Why do we even have Christmas? Because of mercy.
This was the message during the Advent recollection of the Non-teaching personnel (NTP) of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) in Guiguinto, Bulacan on Dec. 4, with the theme “Advent and the Year of Mercy”.
“God has seen our lowliness and because of His love and mercy for us, there is Christmas,” said Arvin Ray C. Jimenez, the 4th year beadle who helped facilitate the recollection along with other 4th year seminarians of the ICMAS – Graduate School of Theology.
More than the material
According to him, the Incarnation of Christ is the greatest expression of God’s mercy.
Jimenez also stressed the meaning of the season in Filipino, saying: “Advent is a time wherein we prepare for the celebration of Christmas, the memorial of Christ’s first coming into the world.”
“Advent is also a reminder for us that we need to prepare ourselves to meet Jesus Christ because He will come again into the world,” he added.
Jimenez stressed that more than the material and physical preparations during Advent, each Christian should reflect upon the quality of their relationship with God and fellow Christians, especially within their families and in the seminary community.
He also urged the seminary NTP to go to confession, explaining that the sacrament is
“an avenue to receive and concretely feel God’s mercy.”
Collaboration in Work
After the talk, the seminarians also facilitated a team-building activity and a group sharing.
During the sharing, the seminary NTP uttered that they realized the importance of working together. According to them, they may have specific works to fulfill but each responsibility matters for the equilibrium of the whole seminary system.
“Sharing of duty is necessary among us and we can be more efficient if we have good means and manner of communication,” shared one of the NTP in the vernacular.
“It is important that we do our personal responsibilities in reference to others. Let us do our work wholeheartedly,” added Jimenez.
Work is preparation
Fr. Rainnielle P. Pineda, the Prefect of Discipline of GST and the Human Resource Officer of ICMAS celebrated the Holy Eucharist, ending the recollection.
“This advent, intensify the spirit of collaboration and camaraderie among yourselves so that you may do you tasks meaningfully and with love and for the seminary,” concluded the priest.
According to Pineda, the NTP doing their respective tasks conscientiously is part of their preparation for the Lord’s coming. (ARCJ / CBPC News)