Test of faith

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

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Monday, January 13, 2014


THESE week-long days we set aside every year to celebrate the birth of the Child Jesus comes with various expressions of hopes, aspiration, and beliefs--all done in solid faith that the Señor Sto. Niño would make them materialize as real event in one’s life.

The desires expressed, or the simple aspirations voiced in the hope that these would be heard, have been made by devotees across the decades with the faith that these would be granted somehow.

Thus, we have to accept the fact that our celebration of the Sinulog, which we do every Third Sunday in the first month of every year, is nothing sort of a traditional expression of our belief in the birth of our Lord that tells us how he came about in our lives, both as man and as God.

That the story of how He came about to save the whole of humanity from perpetual damnation as sinners is a logical sequence of events that justifies our belief and the reality of His existence.

Our actual living out of our Christian faith through the traditional practices that we do every year and that we manifest in such activities as the Simbang Gabi in December, and the Sinulog in January, enlivens our Christianity as we re-live the little details of our faith every year.

The fact that, as reported in this newspaper, the rain that poured during the celebration of the Sinulog sa Kabataan the other day, is proof positive that even our children has taken to our faith as part of their youth.

The story of the man who extended assistance to someone who showed his dedication to his family in vow to participate in the marathon, which is one of the featured program of this year’s Sinulog, and offered a “finisher’s medal” to his daughter, showed the strength of one faith to excel and fulfill a vow made to his daughter.

The man who extended help, and the man who received the assistance from someone whom he did not know and has not even met before, shows how our humanity truly works in some strange and unusual ways.

This newspaper reported yesterday that the weathermen of the region have said that our islands are facing a rainy week ahead of us.

This means that we should expect the drizzle that has dogged our Sinulog path almost every inch of the way of the faithful yesterday, would continue to have a wet day today. (But I am deeply hoping I would be wrong, though.)

Just the same, if weather conditions remain the same, or worsen, the Sto. Niño faithful, I am sure, would not mind.

Even in sports, the fun went on. The street dancing went on the other day regardless of the rain. And I am sure that the devotees of the Pista Senyor would not mind, nor hesitate to go on with the Sinulog program of activities up to Sunday, the 19th.

The Child Jesus, I am sure, would be more than pleased how dedicated are his devotees.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 14, 2014.

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