Some of Jesus’ Lessons and Miracles If They Happened in 21st Century Philippines

Some of Jesus’ Lessons and Miracles If They Happened in 21st Century Philippines

an Ordinary Time reflection by The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo

“And when they came to the crowd, a man came up to him and kneeling before him said,

‘Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and he suffers terribly; for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water.

And I brought him to your disciples, and they could not heal him.’

And Jesus answered, ‘O faithless and perverse generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me.’

And Jesus rebuked him, and the demon came out of him, and the boy was cured instantly.

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’

He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you’” (Matthew 17:14-20).


The Widow’s Offering (Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4)

Instead of only financially rich people donating to a treasury, there are also those people rich in received attention, whether mainstream or indie, holding a charity program in the slums. Instead of the once overlooked widow putting in two coins, it’s now the starved and ignored artist relinquishing two pieces to piraters and the public domain.

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19)

Instead of leprosy, it’s the coronavirus. Instead of Jews, it’s native Filipinos. Instead of a Samaritan, it’s a Chinese national.

Jesus Heals a Paralytic (Matthew 9:1-8 and Mark 2:1-12)

Instead of a paralytic, it’s a Mandaluyong patient. Instead of just a bed, it’s also shackles and straitjackets and all those restraints.

A Woman Healed (Matthew 9:20-22, Mark 5:25-34, and Luke 8:43-48)

Instead of a woman with a flow of blood weaving through a crowd, it’s a woman with clinical depression weaving through a heavy and waiting convoy on EDSA.

Healing of the Blind Man (John 9:1-41)

Instead of a beggar man born blind, it’s a beggar man born out of incestuous rape and with physically conspicuous congenital defects. Instead of a couple as parents, it’s just a single mother. Instead of clay upon the eyes, it’s cement upon the body. Instead of Siloam, it’s a community groundwater pump.

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