Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Holy Week Musings

How do you spend the Holy Week?

JUST before the start of the summer season, when the school year is over and people are already making vacation plans, there is period where we all experience slight changes in our day-to-day lives.
This is the time when mornings are usually calmer and more peaceful than usual, since we don’t have to go to work for a few days.

This is the time when local television stations tone down the usual jeer and cheer of their programming, replacing their noontime variety shows with special presentations that convey moral lessons melodramatically. Other stations choose to play reruns of wholesome, feel-good TV series, like Seventh Heaven and Early Edition (or at least from what I remembered) for the whole day.

This is the time where traffic in the metropolis is nonexistent, for almost all of the commercial establishments are closed, including the malls. The only destination available for people to go to, if not the 24-hour service of McDonald’s and Jollibee, are the Catholic churches.

As strange as it may seem, such scenes are how urban Filipinos spend Holy Week. During this period, we as Catholics are called to take our time out of our regular lives in order to reevaluate our faith, and figure out the things that we have done for ourselves and to others that have led us to this point in our lives.

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