By Israel Tarlit

Every year thousands of people will walk towards Manaoag, Pangasinan for the annual pilgrimage. These people will walk very early in the morning and walk many miles under the blistering summer heat just to reach their destination. They walk in groups that would somehow ease their weariness.

Every year we would see them walk and just pass by. But last year we’ve had enough of watching them pass by, we did something different. PASA LOVE was still in the early stages at that time and we simply grab any opportunity that would allow us to serve. It was Jonathan, one of the pastors in the church who suggested that we serve coffee and cold drinks.

We’re doing it again this year only this time bigger. We’re going to cook 4 large pots of arrozcaldo that could serve 800 people. There would still be the brewed coffee. The cold water will always be there since these pilgrims would need to refill their water containers. We’re going to set up some tables and chairs should they want to sit and rest for a moment. And we would open our rest rooms for them.

Our ad for this PASA LOVE

Matthew 5:46-47, “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?”

If we love the same people how can that be love? When faced with people who are different from us whether in terms of faith or politics, we’ll choose to love. After all, Jesus loved unconditionally. PASA LOVE.

Loving withOUT BIAS or BOUNDARIES.

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If you want to be part of this event, you can help by sharing your resources. It will be used to purchase ingredients and materials to feed weary pilgrim.

You can also be part of the volunteers who would serve this pilgrims.

 For your support and donations, just email us or comment on this and we’ll give you the information you need to give your support.

Contact Person: Israel – easy_rael@yahoo.com

 

 

Condensed from my Missions Course (2008).

Why were the wise men “late” in arriving to celebrate Jesus birth?

The wise men were students of the stars who had observed a heavenly phenomenon (a star in the East) which they interpreted as a sign of the birth of the King of the Jews. So they traveled from their home in Persia to Jerusalem in search of the babe, sleeping by day and traveling by night, the better to follow the bright star that led them.

Their query “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” so unsettled King Herod that he vowed to eliminate this pretender to the throne. He inquired of the chief priests and scribes where Christ was to be born and they quoted the prophecy that identified Bethlehem. Next he had to determine how old the child was, and to do this he asked the wise men how long it had been since they had first seen the star.

Finally he had to find out where this babe was, so Herod persuaded the wise men to bring him a report so that he too could “worship” the new king. The star that had guided them into Jerusalem but disappeared from the night sky now reappeared to lead the wise men and stood over where the young child was. Notice that Jesus was no longer a babe but a child, and neither was he any longer in a manger. The bible narrative says that the wise men came into the house where the child and his mother were. Jesus’ parents had moved into a house from the animal stall where Jesus had been born.

This new address was what Herod eagerly desired from the wise men’s reports he had prevailed upon them to give him. But God warned the wise men in a dream not to return to Herod and so they returned to their country another way.

Traveling from a far-off country took over a year and so the wise men in our timeline appear to be late as our understanding goes. They don’t seem to historically and accurately belong in a crèche or nativity tableau. But no one is really ever late to come to Jesus. So the wise men rejoiced greatly to have been able to see the child Jesus and they went home rejoicing. Their interpretation of the stars, very likely a divine gift with some insight from a prophet named Balaam, had led them on a joyous journey to worship.

R.S.P.

Numbers 24:17; Micah 5:2; and Matthew 2:1-12.

Blessed weekend to all!