Thursday, April 5, 2012

Holy Week 2012 : Leading us To Jesus



"We have our own battle in life and like Jesus, we carry our own cross everyday. It is for us to take it or to give up; to move forward or surrender; to follow or redirect."


The 40-day Lenten season has been observed by Christians all over the world. The last week of the season before the Easter Sunday  is the celebration of the "Holy Week" which is the commemoration of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

During the Holy Week, we celebrate the most important events such as Maundy Thursday, the Good Friday, and the Black Saturday. These are all celebrated by devout Christians who reflects on the life and death of Jesus. 

Holy week is the time of repentance. It does not only mean we are being sorry for our sins. This is the time where we have to change our thinking, actions and visions. This is the good time to reflect about our life and to change it for the better. 

It is good to repent as it gives a feeling of being a renewed person; someone who is complete and whole. What I have learned about repentance is the act of humility to acknowledge that I have sinned and to ask for forgiveness. 

Being renewed person gives us the courage to stand up and face the world with selfless love and compassion to others. We give our service wholeheartedly especially to those who needs it but cannot pay us back. Such act makes us to become 'Christ-like' which is the message of the lent.

We may be living in today's world that is full of material aspirations and worldly ambitions, but it is good to ponder on what is the necessary things in life and what is our true life purpose. What on earth are we living for? It is not only material possessions, it is not just the daily survival, but it is through following the right path and what God has commanded us to do. 

St. Peter's Church, Bandra (West), Mumbai
The season of Lent is not just about repentance, praying and fasting. This is also the season of sacrifice. Like Jesus, He suffered the consequence of being upright and moral, and at the end He was sentenced to death. We too can sacrifice condemnation for being righteous. We can persevere in humiliation. We can endure in persecution. However, in the end what matters is the sense of righteousness that we have chosen that leads to fulfillment in life.

We can compare the struggle of Jesus in today's modern world by becoming more courageous to speak for ourselves. Jesus did righteously even though he knew he will be persecuted. He never got scared of the people in authority; people in higher rank and power. Just like us, we can stand up for what we believe is right. We can be ourselves as long as we live a good life and have the sacrifice for the common good. We have our own battle in life and like Jesus, we carry our own cross everyday. It is for us to take it or to give up; to move forward or surrender; to follow or redirect.


© 2012 Del Cusay

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

ShareThis