Sunday, March 16, 2008

Essence of Holy Week

Double-Pay, No Traffic, Alay Lakad, Retreat and Easter Eggs. These are the things that come to my mind when I hear "Holy Week". Double-Pay because I have work. No traffic because people are out-of-town. Alay Lakad because this is the time devotees walk to Antipolo Church. Retreat because my family attends the 3-day retreat in Ultra. Easter Eggs because of the egg-shaped sweets that are being given away by friends.

But what is Holy Week, really?

Holy Week commemorates the last week of the earthly life of Jesus Christ. It starts on Palm Sunday, and culminates in His crucifixion on Good Friday, and His resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Why is it important?

Holy Week shares with us Christ's experience of betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and resurrection. It teaches us about sacrifice and humility.

It isn't just about parades and festivities. It calls us to change bad habits, and share the Good News with others. It asks us to examine our relationship with Christ, and to remain faithful to Him.

A Blessed Holy Week to All! :)

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