‘Acknowledge Suffering But Look Forward to Resurrection’

PARISHIONERS of St John de Baptist Parish in Poblacion, Jordan, Guimaras gather at the town plaza for Palm Sunday on April 14, 2019. Palm Sunday ushers in the Holy Week, one of the highest and solemn events in the Christian faith. (Ricky Alejo)

Photos by: Ricky D. Alejo

Catholics all over the world remember the passion of Christ with yesterday’s observance of Palm Sunday or Domingo de Ramos.

While for many Holy Week means vacation to the beach, mountains, fiestas, and ferias, the head of the Archdiocese of Jaro called on the public to also take this long break as a perfect opportunity to reflect on the sufferings or crosses that we experience every day. This way, we can realize the true meaning of Holy Week, which is the passion and suffering of Jesus.

“As we enter into the days of Jesus’ intense experience of sadness, betrayal, pain, and suffering, we journey with him carrying our cross in imitation of him,” said Jaro Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo in his Lenten message posted in the Archdiocese of Jaro’s Facebook Page. 

AMID the revelries and celebrations brought by the long break this Holy Week, the public is called to reflect on our suffering but not whine in bitterness and self-pity, instead have faith that nothing is impossible to God. (Ricky Alejo)

“We acknowledge that suffering is part of our lives. We take up our cross daily, which means that we may not, in our suffering, pass on our bitterness to those around us,” Bishop Lazo said.

“We groan under the weight of our pain,” he said. But he urged the public to not whine in self-pity and bitterness. Instead, “we must wait for the resurrection to hope; it means living in a faith that believes that nothing is impossible to God.” (TDG News)

THE adults pass on the Catholic tradition of Pasyon and other Holy Week activities to kids by involving them in the program.

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