BECs instrument of Jesus’ mission, says bishop
Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete. DUMAGUETE CATHEDRAL
By Ryan Sorote
May 17, 2021
Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete exhorted the faithful to embrace the mission of Jesus through the Basic Ecclesiastical Communities (BECs), especially at this pandemic.
Speaking to BEC coordinators of Siquijor, he encouraged them to reach out to the “unchurched” and call them into new relationships with Christ.
“We have to go to the peripheries to evangelize, to share the faith with others,” Cortes said.
The Catholic’s Bishop Conference of the Philippines, he said, considered the establishment of the BEC as one of the legacies of the Church for the next 500 years.
He explained that baptism is not enough and that “Christian life is never full without the gifts of the Holy Spirit,” as the Apostle Paul wrote in his epistle.
Even the apostles, Cortes said, were afraid at first to proclaim the gospel, but with the Holy Spirit, they became “courageous.”
“It’s our responsibility to be strong missionaries (of the BEC)… through the gifts of the Holy Spirit,” he said.
The bishop also reminded everyone to continue adhering to health protocols, describing it as an “act of charity to our families and to the community.”
“Safety protocols and restrictions are tiresome, but we should follow it because if we won’t, it would put us in danger,” he said.
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