True devotion to Black Nazarene shown by way of life, charity —bishop
MANILA, Philippines— Devotion to the Black Nazarene can be shown by way of life and by doing charity, Imus Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista said.
“No matter how strong our devotion to God is if we don’t have a genuine concern for others, our devotion is not real. We must remember this,” Evangelista said Thursday in his homily at Quiapo Church.
“A true devotion to the Black Nazarene and even to other saints should be seen in the way we live, in caring, and helping especially those in need,” he added.
The bishop also noted that devotion is not measured by “material possessions” or “how often one goes to church.”
“Charity is where God is. We see God in all our expressions of love…Love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable. It should always be together,” Evangelista said.
Evangelista’s reminder to Catholics comes before the celebration of the Traslacion of the Black Nazarene on Saturday, Jan. 9.
This year, the Traslacion or the traditional procession of the Black Nazarene image from the Quirino Grandstand at the Rizal Park to the Quiapo Church was canceled in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
There will also be no or kissing of the image of the Black Nazarene’s image to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
However, authorities have allowed 400 churchgoers and devotees to enter for the 15 Masses to be held.