"Holy Week" Syndrome
As we can see, today is the start of Holy week. People were encouraging to review their lives in the past year and also to make themselves “clean”. And as we can observe, there are lots of do’s and don’ts within this season. Here are some:
- Must eat no meat
- Must not go outside most especially on Good Friday
- No “party-party” on Good Friday
- Must not take a bath until Black Saturday
I also observed that a lot of people is getting more religious and they were doing some stuffs called “panata” for the forgiveness of their past sins. And here are some of them:
- Pasyon “marathon”
- Men that hitting themselves
- In other places, men were literally carrying their cross and get crucified
And here’s the thing I always observe, in this season only that people remember the death and resurrection of Jesus. Tradition also said that we must not go outside on Good Friday because Christ is dead and no one will save. HUWAW!
But I want you to be enlightened. First, Jesus died once, and never be dead again. Jesus is alive and He is with us. And second, Christ’s death and resurrection is the event that we must celebrate. Why? Because the power of sin that blocks us to God was finally broken and by his blood, we are all washed-out from our sins. The enemy has been defeated through the death and resurrection of Christ and this is the greatest victory that we’ve achieved.
I’d like to encourage you, not just every Holy week only that we get right to God. At anytime, we can be get right to God through repentance. Everyday, we should remember what Christ did on the cross two thousand years ago for our salvation.
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
– Romans 5:8