Millions of devotees gather in the heart on Manila on January 9th every year for the biggest procession of the year “The Feast of the Black Nazarene”. On this religious day the statue is carried through the streets for around 14 to 20 hours and devout locals are seen barefoot climbing over each other in a large crowd frantically pushing and shoving their way in desperation for a chance to touch the sculpture and receive its blessing on this holy day.
Do I believe the Black Nazarene can perform miraculous miracles? Im not sure, but perhaps all the passion and energy that is being poured into the statue by the Catholic people has created something that can indeed give someone a profound experience. As my hand touched the foot of the Black Nazarene I stood their motionless and had a flash of images of what I would describe as the embodiment of Jesus within everyone around me, I seen the crucifixion and the rise of Jesus in a flash of white light leaving me feeling connected to everything he represents. That beyond suffering to always have Faith in the greater good.