Feast: 14th January
Family Unit Meeting: Third Thursday
Devotion to Infant Jesus is one of the many ways of honouring Christ’s incarnation. It is to marvel at His having humbled Himself by taking on human nature, even subjecting Himself to the earthly authority of Mary and Joseph. The devotion to the Holy Child Jesus has long been a tradition of the Catholic Church. This devotion is a veneration of our Lord’s sacred Infancy. Many saints had very strong devotion to the Divine Child, notably St. Therese of the Child Jesus, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, and St. Teresa of Avila. The very qualities of child-like simplicity, trust, humility and dependency that characterize children need to be contemplated, accepted and eventually adopted in our own lives as we live and struggle in a world of challenges and contradictions. We humbly ask the Holy Infant to teach us to surrender all things to His will. With trust and faith in His words: “Ask and you shall Receive, Knock and the door shall Open”, we actively place our needs in His little hands in the hope that He will continue to show us what it means to be more like Him. In this respect, as our encounter with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords deepens, the lessons taught and shown to us through this particular devotion become even more crucial to our ability to successfully navigate through a chaotic world. Being a follower of Christ demands courage, decisive action and maturity. But coupled with these must always be humility, candour, and confidence virtues of childhood. It is these virtues that Infant Jesus is recommending.