I used to dread Holy Week when I was a kid. Back then, Holy Week for me is watching the 7 Last Words on television or in church and visiting different churches to say the Station of the Cross with no time play. I always look forward to Easter Sundays because that would mean back to our normal lives.
We weren’t even allowed to laugh out loud, especially on Good Fridays because Jesus is dead. So we were stuck inside the house for the whole week without even an interesting show to watch on television. Since it’s summer, kids are expected to play outside, run, and bike but almost always during those times, all the people are busy and kids are inside their houses.
When I got older, wiser and mature, I realized how important Holy Week is for human beings and sinner like me. It’s a time and a chance given by God ‘every year’ to reflect on our sins and renew ourselves. Imagine, how merciful our God is for giving us every year to sin and ask forgiveness?
Everything happens for a reason, they say. God gave Jesus, His only begotten Son to save us from our sins. Thus, Easter Sunday meant hope and celebration of life.
I have gathered the following bible verses to celebrate Easter that I can relate to:
1 Corinthians 15:16-20
For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.
1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey him, bringing glory to his name.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.
It was after attending one Easter Sunday mass in 1999 that I decided to commit in serving the church and offer my talents to God. I was actually touched when I heard one of the psalmists sang that time that I realized how God gave His only begotten Son, when I can’t even offer something to God.
I know He’s not asking the same, but it suddenly came to me that it’s the only way I can repay Him for all the blessings He has given me and continuously giving me. I know it’s only a portion of what I have but I believe when it’s offered wholeheartedly, it would mean a lot to Him.
It’s been 11 years since and I never regretted that decision. Serving the church did not make me perfect, but it guided me in all the decisions I make in life, especially when going through a lot of troubles, sacrifices, sins, heartaches and problems that there will be an an Easter morning full of hope, new life and forgiveness of sin.