Eve of a religious fiesta on a Sunday PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 11 October 2015 14:04

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

It is really a blessed, blessed day, that Sunday, October 11, is the eve of Fiesta of the Nuestra Senora La Virgen Del Pilar. This day will give you a choice that you have to go to church and pray to God first for all the blessings He showered on you or go directly and enjoy the preparations of the fiesta. The choice is yours but whatever it is be prepared for the consequences, like after the sunshine the rain will come.

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In wedding celebration, birthday party, graduation day, or any other occasion, the eve is the best part of it. The best is, if the eve of a religious fiesta falls on a Sunday, the worship day of Christians. Give to the Lord what is due to Him, the Lord is only asking for one day for him, the whole week is ours. On the eve of a wedding, the groom calls all his close friends to an exclusive party to say goodbye to his single-hood, a “stag” party is to welcome another chapter of a man’s life. But a religious fiesta is not just another chapter of our lives, but a tradition of belief and thanksgiving celebrated only once a year to say thank you for all the blessings and protection showered upon us by God. Today, October 11, is Sunday, fiesta or no fiesta give reverence to the Lord.

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To our Muslim  brothers and sisters living in Zamboanga City, enjoy and join the Christians in celebrating Fiesta Pilar like many Christians who also enjoy and join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the celebration of  “Hariraya Haj”. Let us all join hands in this centuries old celebration of Fiesta Pilar. It is for all people in Zamboanga City, regardless of tribe, creed,color or religion. If the celebration will be disrupted, everybody loses and nobody wins. Physical bodies maybe lost but spiritual belief will prevail because nobody is empowered to kill religion. It is in the spirit. The Christian Bible says “ What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul ?”  Perhaps, the Muslims’ Quoran has a similar saying on this, to that all Christians and Muslims in Zamboanga City must adhere to this s holy scripture because fiestas are for all people. It is simply a Thanksgiving Day.

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Islam is peace and so is Christianity.Those groups who saw terror as people are praying are “Un-Muslims” and “Un -Christians”, they are the bane of society and it must be stopped before their wickedness will prosper. All Muslims and Christians are for peace because “Peace is Love”.

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Let us all celebrate Fiesta Pilar in peace and let the thousand Christians who are in Zamboanga City Pray and thank the Lord in peace and let no one or group disturb the Christians as they pay homage to God. Christians respect sincerely their Muslim neighbors and friends, and Christians deserve the same respect. Then and only then, can we say, that there is peace in Zamboanga City.

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Scoop: Let us all trust each other, because it is only in trust that friendship begins. Fiesta Pilar must not be made a reason to distrust each other but all should make it a reason to be closer to God and fellowmen, only then can we truly say, we are believers of Allah (praise his name) and God Almighty. Agree or disagree but please agree for the sake of peace.