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Message of the Day: Be Reconciled to God!

“...that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. (2 Corinthians 5:19-20, NKJV)

Experiencing Christ Through The Black Nazarene

The devotion to the Black Nazarene is an expression of Folk religiosity. Most of the Filipino Catholics practice folk Catholicism. In the words of Segundo Galilea, folk religiosity “has a particular affinity with the poor because it is only in this level that people’s religiosity is consistent with their culture.” It means that through the devotion to the Black Nazarene they are able to experience solidarity with Christ or simply put, they experience Christ.

The Image of the Black Nazarene As Larauan

In Pedro Chirino’s account of the religion of the early Filipinos, he mentioned about the “adoration and deification of the ancestors – especially of those who distinguished themselves through valiant deeds… It was a general practice for anyone who could successfully do so to attribute divinity to his old father when the latter died.” Example of larauan is the Bulul (bul–ul) or tinagtaggu from Ifugao. It is a carved wooden image used to guard the rice crop by Ifugao and their sub-tribe Kalanguya peoples of northern Luzon. The Nazareno is a larauan because it “represents” the suffering Christ. Through the Second Council of Nicaea (787 A.D.), the Roman Catholic Church justified the inclusion of painted and carved figures in her services with these words: “Adoration is rendered to God, veneration, to the saints. Homage is paid to an image not for its sake but for the holy personages represented.”

Message of the Day: Walk In Love

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (Ephesians 5:1-2, NKJV)

Message of the Day: A Call For Action!

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ...” (1 Peter 1:13, NKJV)

Epiphany: The Visit of the Magi

Epiphany or divine manifestation is the commemoration of the visit of the Magi, popularly known as the Three Kings. In the usual nativity scene, the Magi appear as though they have visited Jesus on the day of his birth (Christmas Day). However, Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas.

Message of the Day: God Will Make A Way!

“Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19, NKJV)

December 30, 1896, Dr. Jose Rizal was Shot in Bagumbayan

On December 30, 1896, Dr. Jose Protacio Rizal, the greatest man of the Malayan race, was shot to death at Bagumbayan (present day Luneta or Rizal park), Manila, by a firing squad of native soldiers, on the accusation of political conspiracy and sedition, and rebellion against the Spanish government in the Philippines.

Merry Christmas!

He did not begin to exist at Christmas! Jesus has always existed! What we celebrate at Christmas is his incarnation. The Word becoming flesh! God becoming man!

Pax Romana (Roman Peace)

The Pax Romana (Roman Peace) was a period of relative peace, tranquility, stability and minimal expansion by military forces across the Roman Empire throughout the Mediterranean world.

There Was No Place In the Guest Chamber

It was common for first century homes to have a guest room or upper room. And since there was a census going on, families returned to Bethlehem. As a consequence, guest rooms were already occupied.

The Census in Luke 2:1, 4-5

Census means to “enroll,” or take a “list” of the citizens, with their employments, the amount of their property, equivalent to what was meant by census.

Betrothal: Engagement in the Bible

Betrothal is the first formal part in ancient Hebrew marriage. It was of a more formal and far more binding nature than the modern “engagement” is with us and can be broken only by divorce or death. In case of death the survivor became a widow or widower. The betrothal provided most of the legal rights of marriage.

Experiencing Christ Through The Black Nazarene

The devotion to the Black Nazarene is an expression of Folk religiosity. Most of the Filipino Catholics practice folk Catholicism. In the words of Segundo Galilea, folk religiosity “has a particular affinity with the poor because it is only in this level that people’s religiosity is consistent with their culture.” It means that through the devotion to the Black Nazarene they are able to experience solidarity with Christ or simply put, they experience Christ.

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