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The pandemic might have changed how we see the Holy Week as it is. It might be different from each person's perspective especially in this time of crisis, in which priorities have also shifted.
Some people might think of the Holy Week as a time to unwind and take a break from all the stressful events that have happened during the pandemic from job losses to losing a loved one. Some might consider it as a "me time", but for those who have truly paid importance, they see the Holy Week as a perfect time to know Christ more and have a deeper relationship with Him.
What is really the essence of the Holy Week? Is it there for leisure? For de-stressing? Or is it there for us to maybe have a little break from this passing world and put emphasis on the eternal one? The latter is the answer we all have been looking for.
The real essence of this Holy Week is to know Jesus for who He truly is, to reflect on the ways we have lived our lives, and to focus on what really matters. This is more than just a holiday to spend at the beach with our loved ones. It is something that we should not take for granted. While sacrifice is good, being able to live a changed and meaningful life would be best. What is truly the essence of the Holy Week?
It is Jesus Christ. The holy week reminds us of His great suffering for the forgiveness of our sins until His victorious resurrection. This is a good time for reflection of how we have lived our lives for God's greater glory, how we treat others, how many times we have been forgiven, and how many times have we forgive others. This is a time for reflection and self-denial, a time to change our priorities and focus, a time to leave behind our old self, and a time to create a new one that's centered and founded in Christ.
The Holy Week's essence is not about us. It is simply about Jesus Christ and His love for us, for there is no greater love other than His: to lay down one's life for one's friend. God loves you and He wants you to bring that love with you wherever you may go and that you may share it with the people around you regardless of their faith and beliefs. Have a blessed week ahead and may the grace of God be with you all the days of your life!
But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.