The Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) are agents of hope, thus having an indispensable role in keeping the Christian faith alive. This was emphasized by the Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, D.D. in his homily during the Eucharistic Celebration of the Diocesan Culminating Activity for the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities held in the MRB Covered Court, Commonwealth, Q.C. last November 11, 2017.
“The BEC is the hope of the Church,” he said in Filipino and commended the assembly of almost 5,000 people from the Diocese’s 69 parishes present before him.
“The image of the Church could be small and could also be big,” he added, emphasizing that event delineates a Church that is neither big or small but inclusive and strong. “This BEC Day we are celebrating now is a picture of the Church that’s big composed of small groups of neighbors…and in this gathering we can be together to achieve change.”
“Now we are many and strong and it’s true that the Bukluran is the hope and strength of our Faith,” he enthused.
Citing the day’s gospel, the bishop observed what seems to be the early beginnings of the BEC from the readings written by St. Paul where the first Church gathered in various houses. He said this is called “house church” which is the small beginnings of BEC today wherein people read the Word of God and its lived it according to the signs of the times.
He added that the Philippines takes pride in having a big percentage of Christians but lamented those countries whose Christians continue to be condemned, persecuted or even forbidden to practice their faith.
In this regard, he called on everyone to support Red Wednesday this coming November 22nd, which is a campaign of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that supports persecuted Christians all over the world, and endorsed by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
In ending, Bishop Tobias reiterated BEC’s unrelenting efforts in uniting communities towards one Christian faith.
“Our Faith is very strong due to BECs and due to your invitation to our poor brothers to engage in it,” he concluded. (~Lulu Reclusado-Nario)