by : Ronnie Caballero, BCBP National Formation
‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” Luke 21:33
“And they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” Luke 21:27
In the last 2015 APEC meeting in Manila, we experienced the world power’s heads of state coming together in one place. So great was the respect for all the world leaders and their security that we in Manila experienced the utmost security lockdown we had ever seen. Road closures for both vehicles and people literally ‘boxed me out’ of my office for a week. Many endured walking under the sun long distances just to arrive in their destinations. Makes one wonder if their combined power is truly the MOST powerful we will ever see. It was even alleged in some news shows that President Putin of Russia IS the richest man the world has ever known.
The TRUTH is the opposite. No, all that WORLD power is fleeting and so are their riches and fame. Last Sunday’s liturgy was about Christ the King. The most striking of Fr. Ted Torralba’s homily was that Jesus’ throne as KING is no other than THE CROSS! Here reigns the MOST powerful over all the Earth and over all Heaven beyond all creation’s TEMPORARY existence. I could not even imagine Heaven passing away.
It is also encouraged to reflect during ADVENT on our KING JESUS’ being the KING of HIS-STORY. All of creation’s movement and existence since the beginning of time will redound to ONLY ONE FIGURE, Jesus Christ King Eternal and Bridegroom of the Catholic Church.
This TRUTH is the CATHOLIC WORLDVIEW that we in the BCBP spirituality MUST CARRY. Sometimes in our ordinary lives we think that we are overwhelmed by our world’s current situation wherever we may be in the world. It may be economic turmoil, war, terrorism, discrimination, drugs, pollution, poverty, inequality etc., so many numerous concerns which may choke our spirituality and reality. But the one OBJECTIVE and ABSOLUTE TRUTH that will overcome all the secular world despite how scarier and terrifying and hopeless the world will become, IS JESUS victorious return WILL NOT BE STOPPED OR HINDERED.
Carrying the Catholic Worldview is not meant to be discriminatory, biased, exclusive, or snobbish. It is meant to unite all and bring conviction of our belief to convince others that Jesus is Lord and a sure time of reckoning WILL come and involve ALL PEOPLES and RACES, BELIEFS.
We, as Catholics in the BCBP, must believe without an iota of doubt, that the CATHOLIC WORLDVIEW IS AN ABSOLUTE TRUTH THAT WILL BRING ABOUT THE WORLD’S AND OUR ETERNAL SALVATION. MARANTHA! COME LORD JESUS!
- Will you be uneasy about telling ‘unrenewed’ people about the Catholic Worldview? Why?
- Is there anything about the Catholic Worldview that you disagree with? Why?
- Will only Catholics be saved? Is this the meaning of the Catholic Worldview? Hint: Check the Catechism of the Catholic Church
- BCBP is both Catholic and ecumenical. Explain your understanding about this.