Holy Week is with us again; we ought to contemplate anew the ineffable goodness of God through the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is a week to remind us of the true essence and nature of religion: the need to be in-sync with God at all times for our well-being and redemption; otherwise, we accept a life of self-inflicted misery. Christ gave us the genuine pattern of this religion in relying on and doing the will of God by a life of Total Abandonment and Self-Dedication, even in the face of Death and Persecution.
As we contemplate the events and celebrations of the Holy Week, we must try as much as we can to evaluate and calibrate the way we live as Christians, especially the way we both privately and publicly live out our unique vocations. We are the living examples of Christ’s goodness if only we lend him our bodies to demonstrate His Passion, Death, and Resurrection. In other words, we need always and everywhere to supplant our self-centered wills, which always lead us to many unwanted troubles, by allowing God’s will be done in our lives even if it becomes so unbearable to us.
When we embrace the pain and suffering we endure in practicing humility and obedience, we shall truly know and understand the full meaning of religion, for we shall be full of trust in the Lord with all its goodness. Just a reminder: there was no Resurrection without Crucifixion; there is no harvesting without planting; there is no paycheck without working; and there is no gain without suffering. By our perseverance in Christ, we shall succeed one day by his grace.