|Posted on February 1, 2012 at 9:00 PM|
The dynamism of
the word of God
HONG KONG (Mabuhay) : Timed to coincide with the celebration of National Bible Sunday in The Philippines on January 29, the Hong Kong Catholic Filipino Biblical Pastoral Ministry organised its third Hong Kong Catholic Bible Encounter at Holy Family parish in Choi Hung, with 20 Filipino communities from different parishes taking part.
The quiz ran under the theme, The Word of God in the life and the mission of the Church.
Father Oscar Alunday, the consultors of the Commission on Biblical Apostolate in Manila , flew to Hong Kong from The Philippines to take part in the day.
The day ended with the celebration of Mass by Father Alunday.
In his homily, he spoke on the four elements of dynamism of the word of God as seen today, based on the final statement of the Synod of the Word of God 2008.
He said that the first is the voice of the word of God. He went on to explain that we become the voice of God when we read the bible and the words can then come through us.
We can also be the face of the word of God, which is the second dynamism. “When we talk with each other in the light of the word of God, the face of the word of God becomes visible in the people who live in the world of God,” he explained.
The third dynamism is the house of the word of God.
“The house is me, my body, temple of the Holy Spirit. So that’s why we are sacred,” Father Alunday noted, adding that the fourth is the road of the word of God, which impels us to mission.
The first prize in the quiz went to St. Edward Parish English Speaking Community in Lam Tin; the second was scooped up by St. Francis English Group in Ma On Shan and third went to St. Paul English Community in Causeway Bay .
Giving the bible a fighting chance
MANILA (Agencies) : The bishops of The Philippines are suggesting enlisting the help of national hero and boxing champion, Manny Pacquiao, to give the bible a fighting chance among the Catholic people of the country.
At the January 28 to 30 plenary assembly of over 100 bishops from across the country held in Pasay City , Bishop Pablo David scored a punch for Pacquiao describing him as a deeply religious person.
“We are happy that he is deepening his faith and his understanding of the bible,” the chairperson of the Commission on Biblical Apostolate said during a discussion on how to promote the popularity of the scriptures among the faithful.
He explained that the commission is now subsidising copies of the bible to the tune of 50 pesos ($8.90) and has the ambition of distributing up to five million of them to poor people in the coming seven years.
Bishop David is convinced that adding a bit of Pacquiao punch to the campaign could do a lot towards increasing the popularity of the bible. “That’s why I asked him if he could partner us in promoting the reading of the bible among Catholics,” CBCP News quoted him as saying.
He revealed that in between bouts and his occasional appearances in the congress, where he is a member of the lower house, Pacquiao likes reading the bible.
Bishop David added that other celebrities, apart from Pacquiao, have also been approached to act as ambassadors for the bible in the distribution campaign.
Pacquiao’s most recent venture into the limelight came as he pledged to give up womanising, gambling and a few other vices for which he is better known than his bible-reading habits.
However, it is not the first time the bishops have enlisted his help in their corner. He was approached as an advocate in their anti-abortion and anti-Reproductive Health Bill campaign in May last year.
The bishops see Pacquiao, who is without doubt one of the greatest boxers of all time, as an idol of the masses, whose point of view on issues can have an effect on the way that many people think.
As an ambassador for the bible, he could certainly put the book more squarely in the ring in many quarters where it is only an unread or inaccessible publication. (MABUHAY_Catholic News of the Week)