Welcome to the Church of the Nativity family. Since its dedication on October 21, 1989, our community has faithfully committed to our mission: We are a praying, learning and caring community fulfilling the mission God gives us in baptism by our worship in faith, by our witness in hope, and by our service in love. We invite you to journey with our community in Christ, thus will be said, “Day by Day the Lord added to their number” (Acts 2:47). Our Nativity School is led by faith-filled, loving professional staff who provide not only excellence in academics for our children so that they may excel in life, but help cultivate and form our children to come to know, love and serve God through the gifts God has blessed each of them. We are a Dynamic Parish and look forward to walking with you and your family to pray, worship, and give thanks to God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. In joy and in sorrow, we will live out together the witness of faith, hope and charity. At the Church of the Nativity, there will always be room “in the inn” (Luke 2,7).
Greetings in the Lord!
Today is the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We are four Sundays to go to culminate this year the ordinary season of the Liturgical Year. Last Sunday the priests and representatives of the laity from all over the
Diocese of San Diego celebrated the Eucharist presided by our bishop, Robert McElroy in order to launch the preparation for the celebration of the Synod on synodality two years from now. In the words of our bishop he mentioned two stages in this preparation. “the first stage, which will last from October until February, will seek to engage a large number of our people in providing their insights about the degree to which our diocese, parishes, schools and agencies reflect the qualities of Synodality. This stage is similar to what most dioceses in the country will be undertaking during the next four months. The second stage of our local synodal path will begin in February and stretch into 2022. It will seek to identify strategies for and begin implementation of a diocesan-wide effort to bring the qualities of synodality more deeply into the life of our faith communities, schools and institutions.”
Our readings today, especially the Gospel, are so appropriate in the preparation of the Synod. The figure of Bartimaeus, the blind man who incessantly called Jesus, is a living symbol of humanity crying for help in
order to see the truth of what life really means. The world offers many different scenarios in order to give meaning to humanity, but in the final analysis nothing sufficiently answers the man’s aspirations for
The gospel shows how Bartimaeus wanted to see and shouted for Jesus even though rebuked and asked to be silent. And Jesus called Bartimaeus, asking him, “what do you want me to do for you?” Answering Jesus Bartimaeus said, “that I may see.” This is the kind of answer that we who believe are members of the Mystical Body of Christ should ask many of our brothers and sisters who are lost. This question coming from us would also be answered by us today by being the witnesses of the way Jesus responded to the blind Bartimaeus. The desire of Bartimaeus may also be the same desire that we should tell Jesus, namely, that we “may see.”
This year that would lead us to the year of mercy could be a good occasion for us to fully realize how we can develop a more solid faith and also share this faith that we have to others who are wavering in their faith or have expressed to return to the faith again. Let us all pray that we would be open to the reality that many of us are still like Bartimaeus, in need to see more clearly the truth about the meaning of our lives on earth. Let us also pray that we may have the insight that indeed we are members of the Mystical Body of Christ, who can respond to the call of many who are still blind and are blinded by the world so that we can bring light to their lives by the way we live our faith.
Indeed our families should make Bartimaeus, the blind man who should for help from Jesus so that he may see, in accepting the worldly realities that make them blind. We need to pray for so many of our families who are in deep trouble due to the enticements that media and celebrities set for them to imitate an emulate that weaken their faith and open them to values that go against what Jesus and the world teach us, the disciples who want to live by the truth in order to be faithful to the will of God in our lives. Let us pray that our families would cry out to Jesus so that they could once more see the beauty of the original purpose of his creating man and woman so that they would be united in a love that would truly mirror the everlasting love of God for humanity whereby the creation itself would manifest the meaning and purpose of children as the crowning glory of the lasting union of two persons in the sacrament of matrimony. Let pray that the preparation of the Synod may be truly responsive to the pastoral problems besetting our families and the Church in the world today.