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BUHAT 2: 44-47

Ang tanang magtutuo, nagpadayon sa

inigsuon nga panag-uban ug ang kabtangan
sa matag usa kanila gipanag-iya nilang
tanan. Ug gipamaligya nila ang ilang
katigayonan ug ang halin ilang giapod-apod
ngadto sa tanan sumala sa gikinahanglan sa
usag-usa. Nagpadayon sila pagtigom kada
adlaw didto sa templo, ug nahiusa sila
mapaubsanong kasingkasing didto sa ilang
puluy-anan. Gidayeg nila ang Dios ug
gikahimut-an sila sa katawhan. Ug sa matag
adlaw gidugangan sa Ginoo ang ilang
pundok ug mga tawo nga manluluwas.

1.Unsa ang gipadayag
diha sa pagbasa?
2.Aduna ba kitay susama
sa gipakita sa magtutuo
diha sa pagbasa dinhi sa
atong katilingban
karon? Unsa man kini?



1. BEC is a generic term that refers to the
communities of faith that have emerged
at the grassroots.
2. Basic Ecclesial Communities under
various names and forms BCCs, small
Christian Communities, covenant
communities must be vigorously
promoted for the full living of the
Christian life in both urban and rural
areas.(PCP II decrees, Art 109, sec 3)

1. At the grassroots, they are better known
as GKK Gagmayng Kristohanong
Katilingban, GSK Gagmayng
Simbahanong Katilingban, BCC Basic
Christian Community,KRISKA
Katilingban,BPK Batayang
Pamayanang Kristiyano,MSK Munting
Sambayanang Kristiyano

1. BEC is therefore the generic term
used in ecclesiastical documents and
theological discourse that refers to
these communities.
2. This was made popular in Latin
America during the Puebla
Conference and used in documents
coming from the Vatican. The MSPC
adopted this term since 1983.



Community the use of the
wordcommunityemphasizes the communitarian
nature of the BECs. These are not groups,
societies or associations but communities local
communities whose members live in close
proximity and interact with each other regularly.
These are not specialized groups but stable
environments. Thus, mandated organizations (like
K of C, Legion of Mary), renewal movements and
their local branches (Charismatics, Focolare, CFC,
Catechumenate, El Shaddai, etc), cannot be
considered as BECs.

Basic the wordbasicrefers to both the size and
the social location of the BECs. The BEC are small
communities. A basic community is small enough
for the members to know each other well and
relate deeply as friends but not too small that it
turns into a primary group orbarkadainstead of a
community. A BEC may be composed of forty to two
hundred families. A BEC may be subdivided into
severalseldaor family groupings of five to ten
families. The termbasicmay also refer to the social
location of the BECs they are at the grassroots, at
the base of society, among the poor and the least.

Ecclesial the wordecclesialemphasizes
the ecclesiality of the BECs. They are a
way of being Church the Church that is
realized, localized and experienced at the
grassroots, in the neighborhood. The BECs
are not just administrative units within the
parish they are indeed the microcosm of
the Church. Whatever can be said about
the Church in general may also be used
and appropriated for the BECs.



PCP II document:
Our vision of the Church as communion,
a Church as priestly, prophetic and
kingly people, and as a Church of the
Poor that is a Church that is renewed,
is today finding expression in one
ecclesial movement, and this is the
movement to foster Basic Ecclesial
Communities. (PCP II 137)

1.The Community of Disciples in Communion
3.participating in the mission
of Christ a priestly, prophetic, and
kingly people
5.and as the Church of the



They are small communities of Christians,
usually of families who gather around the
Word of God and the Eucharist.
These communities are united to their
pastors but are ministered to regularly by lay
The members know each other by name and
share not only the Word of God and the
Eucharist but also their concerns both
material and spiritual.
They have a strong sense of belongingness
and of responsibility for one another.

Usually emerging at the grassroots
among poor farmers and workers,
Basic Ecclesial Communities
consciously strive to integrate their
faith and their daily life.
They are guided and encouraged by
regular catechesis.
Poverty and their faith urge their
members towards solidarity with one
another, action for justice, and towards
a vibrant celebration of life in the



These are small communities whose
members are in unity and solidarity
with one another and with their
pastors. The members have a strong
sense of belongingness and
responsibility for one another. (This
corresponds to the vision of the
Church as communion).

The members share the Word of God
and are guided by regular catechesis.
(This corresponds to the vision of the
Church as a prophetic people).

The communities gather around the
Eucharist and have a vibrant
celebration of life in the liturgy. (This
corresponds to the vision of the
Church as priestly people).

They share not only their spiritual
concerns but also the material
concerns. Their poverty and their
faith lead them to involvement in
action for justice and social
transformation. (This corresponds to
the their understanding of the church
a kingly/servant people).

They emerge among the poor and
empower the poor. (This corresponds
on the vision of the Church as church
of the poor.)
The BECs realize the vision of a
renewed Church



BECs as Community of

Being a community of disciples means that the

members of the BECs are united to Christ and with
one another. They have a deep personal
relationship with Christ and with one another. They
are of one heart and one mind. There is therefore
fellowship or communion among believers and
followers of Christ.


It also means that the BECs are nourished by

the Word of God. The members continue to
hear the Word and to share or proclaim it to
others. Christ continues to be their teacher.
They learn from him. The community of
disciples is an evangelized and evangelizing
community. It witnesses to the coming of
Gods kingdom. It is a prophetic community
that proclaims the message of the kingdom
a message of salvation and liberation.

As community of disciples, the BECs

celebrate the presence of Christ in the
sacraments. Christ continues to shape the
community through the sacraments. The
members actively participate in the
liturgical celebration. They gather in the
memory of Christ and celebrate the
eucharist. They are ready to offer their life
in self-sacrifice. BECs are truly a priestly

Like Christ, BECs are concerned about the

plight of the poor and the needy, those
who are sick, who are hungry, who are in
prison. They actively participate in
building of the Kingdom of God, a kingdom
of justice, peace and love. The community
of disciples is truly a servant community.

The community of disciples follows the

way of Christ who is poor. The members
live the evangelical poverty, they make an
option for the poor, they empower the
poor in their midst to actively participate
in the mission of Christ.

Living in Communion

Ecclesial Communion describes

the unity and sharing among the
members of the Church which is
based on a common faith, which
is celebrated in the breaking of
the bread, and which is
concretely expressed in the
sharing of material goods. What
is shared is not only the Word of
God or the Eucharistic Bread but
also the material goods and

1. This communion is made possible by the presence of

the Holy Spirit The TRINITARIAN communion of the
divine persons is the foundation and model of
ecclesial communion.
2. The BECs may be regarded as a locus of realization
of ecclesial communion. In these communities
communion can be more intimately and concretely
experienced. There is a sense of belonging and
responsibility for one another. The members can live
as a community of friends in the Lord. Communion
may be inculturated with the Filipino values
ofpakikisama, bayanihan, and pakikipagkapwa-tao.

3. The ecclesiology of communion also insures

that the BECs do not become isolated,
autonomous and in-ward looking communities. It
promotes unity and solidarity with other BECs.
The parish itself becomes a network or
communion of BECs. The ecclesiology of
communion requires that the BECs be united to
their pastors and maintain their link with the
local and universal Church. Without this linkage,
the BECs cannot be considered as ecclesial
communities or a way of being Church.

4. The sharing of material resources is an essential

expression of communion both in the New
Testament and the conciliar documents. This is an
ideal that many BECs are trying to put into
practice. Thus, there are many mutual aid systems
and income generating projects designed to help
the members who are needy. Some BECs in the
rural areas have set up communal farms. Many
have organized cooperatives. These common
undertakings are based on the principle of pooling
of material resources and engaging in economic
activities as a community.

BECs as People of God

Participating in Christs Mission as
Priestly, Prophetic and Kingly

1. Vatican II, especially in the dogmatic constitution on

the Church (Lumen Gentium) links the threefold
mission with the image of the Church as a people of
God. Accordingly, the Church as people of God is by
its very nature a priestly, prophetic and kingly people
(LG 10-13). The Church as a whole participates in
Christs prophetic, priestly and kingly mission. The
ministry of the hierarchy (the bishops, priests and
deacons) are seen as priestly, prophetic and kingly
(LG 24-29). Lay people actively participate in the
priestly, prophetic and kingly mission of Christ by
virtue of their baptism and membership in the Church
(LG 34, 35, 36).

The three-fold nature and mission of

the people of God has been
appropriated for the BECs in the
Philippines. This is the ecclesiological
perspective that many dioceses,
institutions and programs promoting
BECs have in common.

It was the Mindanao- Sulu Pastoral Conference (MSPC)

that first used this framework. In 1971, the theme of
the first MSPC was The Church in Mindanao and Sulu:
The Teaching, Worshipping and Serving Community.
The three-fold nature of the Church in Mindanao-Sulu
corresponds to the three-fold nature and mission of the
Church as prophetic (teaching), priestly (worshipping)
and kingly (serving) community. When MSPC began
promoting the formation of theGagmayng
Kristohanong Katilingban(GKK), these communities
were characterized as witnessing, worshipping and
serving communities (masaksihon, maampoon,
maalagarong katilingban).

BECs as Realization of the Church

of the Poor

The BECs as Communities of the Poor

Most of the BECs are found in the rural barangays
and urban slums. Most of the members are
materially poor. They are like the
biblicalanawimfor whom poverty is a way of life
they are the ones who are hungry, who suffer,
who mourn, who easily get sick, who are often
harrassed, who go to prison, who thirst for justice,
who seek peace. They are the ones with deep
faith and trust in Gods loving providence. They
wait in expectation for Gods liberating grace.
They are predisposed to the message of the
Gospel, the message of the kingdom.

The BECs Enable the Poor to

Participate in the Life and Mission
of the Church
To organize socio-economic projects that respond
to their basic needs (like cooperatives, income
generating projects, and community based health
programs). They are able to defend their rights
and work for justice and liberation. They can be
mobilized to work for peace and put an end to the
spiral of violence. They promote the integrity of
creation by caring for the earth and defending the
environment. Thus, they are empowered to
respond to the situation of poverty, injustice,
oppression, violence and the destruction of the

The BECs are indeed a way of being Church.

They concretely express the PCP II vision of
the Church as community of disciples: that is
the Church as communion, participating in
the mission of Christ as a priestly-prophetickingly people, as the Church of the poor.
What is said of the Church in general can
also be said about the BECs. They are the
realization of the Church at the local level
that is, the Church at the grassroots.

1. Unsa man ang kinabuhi nga angay
sa pagpuyo diha sa usa ka
katilingban ni Kristo?
(How to live as a member of the
community of Christ?
2. Ngano adunay kitay katungdanan sa
kalihukang Simbahan diha sa atong
matag katilingban?