Barasoain Weekly Reflection for 8 – 14 January 2017
“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
1 John 5:5
Tomorrow, the Feast of the Black Nazarene, a popular image of Jesus Christ carrying the cross enshrined in Quiapo, Manila will be be held. This feast is famous for its devotees which flock in millions to join in the procession
One thing that we can see on the part of the devotees is the strength of their devotion and faith. Despite the heat, crowds and occasionally unruly situation within the route, especially near the venerated image, people still come yearly to participate in the feast with some awake overnight without sleep.
As Christians, though we are not expected to do the same devotion they do, we are to show our faith on Christ for others to know Him or serve as an inspiration for believers.
Faith in God means relying on Him. Most of the times we want to control our lives and want to set our own paths. However, the one who has real faith surrenders his/herself to Christ giving Him utmost control over his/her fate. A true believer in Christ can do this because of the trust s/he has given to Him, knowing that in His care, their lives will be more fulfilled, more joyful and complete.
Today, God is telling us to trust Him not only on this new year but also for the remainder of our days, giving the promise of fulfillment, peace and joy that nothing in this world can offer. Will you accept it?
Faith does not make things easy, it makes them possible. – Luke 1:37