Artists, dancers and performers from the different cultural tribes all over the country joined the collaborative community dancing during the closing ceremony of the 6th Tam-awan International Arts Festival last week. RMC PIA-CAR
Ifugao children took part of the “mumbayu” or the longest rice pounding event with more than 500 individuals participating in the event which is part of the recently Imbayah Festival in Banaue, Ifugao. The Imbayah Festival is now an annual celebration from the original every three year celebration to encourage and remind the people of Banaue especially the younger generation of the customs and traditions including indigenous sports and games, traditional songs and dances and other rituals and practices, which are part of the rice terraces cycle, that are rarely practiced now. RMC PIA-CAR
More than 2000 artists from the different parts of the country participated in various activities of the recently concluded 6th Tam-awan International Arts Festival last week. Here, artists collaborate in an art piece on a canvass during the weeklong festival. RMC PIA-CAR
One more ride. Ifugao men in their traditional attires showcase their wooden scooters and carts during an exhibition race as part of the Imbayah celebrations of Banaue, Ifugao last week. The Imbayah Festival is now an annual celebration from the original every three year celebration to encourage and remind the people of Banaue especially the younger generation of the customs and traditions including indigenous sports and games, traditional songs and dances and other rituals and practices that are rarely practiced now. RMC PIA-CAR

Daily Reading

"Have faith in God"

And he entered Jerusalem, and went into the temple; and when he had looked round at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.  On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard it. And they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold and those who bought in the temple, and he  overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons;  and he would not allow any one to carry anything through the temple. And he taught, and said to them, "Is it not written, `My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations'? But you have made it a  den of robbers."   And the chief priests and the scribes heard it and sought a way to destroy him; for they feared him, because all the multitude was  astonished at his teaching.

And when evening came they went out of the city. 20 As they passed by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. And Peter remembered and said to him, "Master, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered." And Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God.  Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, `Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against any one; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your trespasses"

- Mark 11:11-26  

Meditation: Why did Jesus curse a fig tree? Fig trees were a common and important source of food for the Jews. Bad figs or a decaying fig tree was linked with evil deeds and spiritual decay. The unfruitful fig tree symbolized the outcome of Israel's unresponsiveness to the word of God. The prophets depicted the languishing fig tree as signifying the desolation and calamity of Israel due to her unfaithfulness to God.

 

"What do you want me to do for you?"

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"Are you able to drink the cup that I drink?"

And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them; and they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid.

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"We have left everything and followed you"

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And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

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"Receive the Holy Spirit!"

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came  and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."

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The immensity of what Jesus has done

Peter turned and saw following them the disciple whom Jesus loved, who had lain close to his breast at the supper and had said, "Lord, who  is it that is going to betray you?"

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