CHRISTMAS MESSAGE OF INCOMING BCBP PRESIDENT JOEY AVELLANA

by BCBP admin

CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT LOVE!

CaptureDearest Brothers and Sisters:

The BCBP community is expectantly waiting to welcome the baby Jesus into our homes as we celebrate His birthday.

Christmas means many things to many people– to some it is about joy, to the world!

To others, it is about contrasts, of regalness amidst the squalor.

To a lot of children ( and child-like adults like us) it is about giving (and receiving) presents!

In all these, I should like to offer another view of Christmas, and it is this: IT IS ABOUT LOVE.

First, it is about love of the Father for all of us. Consistently since the beginning of time, of creation, of the first man and woman, and throughout the falls and struggles of our humanity, God has remained faithful to us. His desire for us to live as His sons and daughters in PARADISE with Him for eternity remains true even today.

It is also about the love of a mother, Mary, our Mother, who in her humility and total submission to the will of the Father, allowed herself to be the sacred vessel though which God could fulfill His promise of paradise to all of us.

Beyond this act of love for the Father, Mary also showed us how to accept the desire of God for her throughout the events which unfolded in her life– the flight from Egypt, to the birth in the manger, to her presence in the life of Her Son, and her having to endure His Passion and Crucifixion.

Through it all she remained faithful to the will of the Father. What a wonderful gesture of fidelity and love!christmas love

Then there is Joseph, the carpenter, who though initially reluctant, took Mary as his wife and stood as husband to Mary and father to Jesus. His change of heart, and acceptance of God’s plan for him constitutes an act of love, and submission to the Father’s will.

But of course, the most poignant act of love is Jesus Himself. Though Him, God’s perfect plan of Paradise is fulfilled. His coming, His public ministry, his passion and yes, even His death and resurrection expresses two things: first, submission to the will of the Father and second, his own expression of LOVE for you and me. His was a total love, one that has endured over time.

It is that kind of love that I would call PARTICIPATIVE. Why participative?

Because we are, our brothers and sisters in the BCBP, our families, and our circles of influence, are all invited to be part of that great plan of God, not just merely as recipients of that LOVE.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE ARE CALLED TO BECOME ACTIVE CHANNELS OF GOD’S LOVE TO OTHERS.

This Christmas season, let us enjoy the love we have been shown and we have received as we celebrate Christ’s birth. And let us spread that love to all, our families, our household, and especially our kasambahays.

But most of all let us be bearers of GOD’s LOVE to the poor, the hungry and the disenfranchised, by sharing our blessings, our time and our prayers with those who need them most.

May the LOVE OF GOD fill our Hearts always!

Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon sa ating lahat!

Joey Avellana
National President
2015-2017

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4 comments

jrm January 4, 2015 - 12:53 am

can i join the bcbp , i am a mason

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Red Valencia January 1, 2015 - 2:53 pm

Hi. I posted your message to some Breakfast FB Pages, with this intro…
“Offer people another view of looking at things –based on God’s Love. See your calling as businessmen called for Love, participating actively in bringing the marketplace towards right, higher perspective – to care for and love God in our neighbor.”
My wife Rose wants to say hi to her classmate, Lulu. A Blessed New Year 2015 to you & your family.

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Joey Avellana December 30, 2014 - 7:35 am

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement, Sis. Gertrudes. May God bless you and your loved ones this Christmastime. I pray that 2015 will be a year of prosperity and grace for you and your family. Joey

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Gertrudes Jumawan Ladion December 24, 2014 - 6:01 pm

Wishing you success in your first year at the helm of our Brotherhood. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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