Wednesday, 08 April 2020 06:56

Holy Week during COVID-19 a time to Rediscover the Essence of the Lord's Passion

"We welcome him today. Let us continue to welcome him. He comes simply without any fanfare in our day to day lives. We recognize him in the ordinariness of our lives even when we are under quarantine, He still comes to us in the ordinariness of our lives. It’s good to pause and see, how is the Lord coming to us during these days?"

This was the message of Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, in his homily for the Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion at the Manila Cathedral, on April 5, 2020. The Bishop reflected on the unique and meaningful celebration of the Holy Week in the Philippines and different countries worldwide.

"Patuloy pa rin ang Semana Santa. Maaaring kakaiba ang gagawin natin pero ipagdiriwang pa ito kasama ng buong Simbahan sa buong mundo. In the Philippines and in many parts of the world, yes, we will miss the externalities of the activities. This may be a good chance for us to go into the essence and the meaning of what we are doing," he said. 

Bishop Pabillo is hopeful that the faithful may appreciate the real value of the Easter Triduum, since in the past the faithful are more preoccupied with the externalities of the Holy Week activities that Filipinos are used to participate in.

“Ang mga panlabas na gawain at mga gayak ay maaaring magpahayag ng kahulugan, pero ito’y maaari ring magtago ng malalim na meaning ng ginagawa natin. Maaaring maging abala tayo sa panlabas na gawain at naging busy ito na gawin ito nang maayos na nawalan tayo ng panahon na usisain, 'Bakit ba natin ginagawa ang ginagawa natin?'” he said.

The Bishop added that these celebrations must also take into account the deeper and more optimistic perspective amidst the threats of the corona virus pandemic.

“Yes, why do we do what we do? What is the meaning of all these activities? Now that we cannot do the externalities, we can delve deeper into the meaning of what we are celebrating. There is always a bright side in what is happening, even in this COVID pandemic,” the bishop said.

The bishop affirmed that this is a time for the faithful to open their doors to Christ without the luster and grandeur, instead a moment to contemplate the simplicity of life during the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon. (Hazel Boquiren/SOCOM-San Juan Nepomuceno Parish)


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