Easter is usually a long holiday and vacation time for the whole family among Filipinos. Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday are nonworking days nationwide in observance of the Holy Week. This year it is April 21 to the 24th.
Christendom celebrates Easter, the renewal of life as symbolized by the ressurection of the Christ. Jesus who rose from death is taken as Truth of God’s power. The Truth that renews life of a people, of a nation. Christ’s passion and death is observed by the faithful and then the end of the Lenten season is celebrated on Easter Sunday (today) with its message of hope and deliverance as witnessed by the Christ’s resurrection.
Also, from April 19 to 26th is the observance of the Passover by the Jews. The family eat and observe this together with stories to commemmorate the deliverance of Israel from slavery under King Rameses the II of Egypt.
Both weeks are observed by nations as an achievement of deliverance, freedom from persecution and slavery. It is particularly important in the observance that the people reflect on a history. For the Christians, they reflect on Christ’s life and resurection; the Jews reflect on their ancestors’ battles and flight for freedom and deliverance.
On this Holy Week, as followers of Christ and as citizens, have we reflected on the state of our nation? On our people? On our history? On our contributions to ensure a better community?
Let us reflect: are we part of anti-people activities? Do we condone these acts against our neighbors? Do we hold our silence when we witness a crime being commited? Do we recognize the Golden Rule? Or are we part of solving these problems? # nordis.net