So today is the Feast of the Black Nazarene. I was curious about what this was all about so I decided to research a bit. Just this morning, on my usual route from the U.N. Ave. LRT station to Padre Faura Street, there was a group of men (mob?) who were running barefoot towards the Quiapo area (which is where the Black Nazarene is). A few steps later, another group of barefoot men ran past me. Both groups had their own colors (all were wearing the same shirt), so I wondered what this was all about.
Anyway, after reading a bit about it, the history seems interesting. The image was supposedly carved by an Aztec and transported from Mexico. It became black because the boat with which it was being transported caught fire, turning the sculpture to char. It is a life-sized, wooden sculpture of Jesus.
The reason why the barefoot men were running towards Quiapo? The statue is located in the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene. I think. Replicas were made since damages were being inflicted. People, especially the Filipino devotees, would run over each other just to touch the statue (for healing and divine purposes?).
I read a blog about the Black Nazarene as well. The blogger mentioned that the Black Nazarene calls out to even other races to believe in Jesus, the true God, despite their color. God does not have color and is fair to all.
I don’t even think we need to actually touch the statue to be healed or to be spiritually blessed. All we need is prayer and faith. Not to mention everyone going to Quiapo is causing traffic for the rest of us.