Holy Week in the Philippines

by Bogie
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March 16  to 23 is already the Holy week season here in the Philippines. This is the time where people are more conscious about refining themselves. Trying to refrain from doing sins, from eating too much and some abstain from eating meat. This is also the time where a lot of Filipino families spend quality time by going to places. Others just stay at home enjoying the company of their spouse and children.

The Holy week season ends on the celebration of Easter, the most significant holy day celebrated by most Christians.

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The Focus of the Season

During this array of events and activities, it is possible to overlook the opportunity to focus on the significance of this season. The real reason for the season is Christ. This is a great opportunity for all of us to understand fully what He has done on the cross. He died because of His great love for you and me. I read an article where Mel Gibson, the producer of the movie The Passion of Christ is interviewed, he said that the death of Christ on the cross was the substitute for the sins of each and every man and that one can only be right with God through the merits of Christ.

I often saw a lot of people on TV, trying to crucify themselves and did exactly what Christ has done on the cross… but we need not to do this thing. When Christ died on the cross, he said.. It is finished! We need don’t need to beat our bodies or crucify ourselves because He already gave it all.

For some people, this is the time for them to desist from sinning. This is good! I remembered when I invited my friend for a meeting on Tuesday, but she refused because it’s already holy week? Why? What’s wrong? “It’s time for me to be good”, she said. Being good should not only be for the holy week, but it should be everyday we are living our lives pleasing the Lord.

“For God so love the world, that He gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes on Him will not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16

A Blessed Holy Week everyone!!!

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