Another year had passed since the last time I've shared my own personal "Lenten" reflection on this site. Too many events had happened in between --- death of my father-in-law, cancellation of wedding reservations, re-assessing and re-booking, job transfer of my husband, government issues, calamities and there also, our wedding but that was just the outer part of it, mainly the preface if we are to compare it with a book. In fact, 'tis just a tiny dot, visible only thru what scientist calls a microscope.What covers a vast or large area in one's life is the experience, how this certain event has molded us, has re-formed us. Did we ever stop and for a moment reflected upon these events? Or even ask ourselves as to why and what's the purpose of it?
"Christ Jesus, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross." Phil 2:6-8
The passage was taken from the Second Reading of yesterday's Eucharistic Celebration, Palm Sunday, which marks the beginning of the Passiontide / Holy Week. A very inspiring reading that prepares us in the commemoration of the Passion of Christ. The Jews have the tradition of a yearly pilgrimage to Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover. As they would ascend the roads leading to Jerusalem, they would recite the Psalms of Ascent and sing joyful songs proclaiming the victory and reign of God over our lives and this is what we celebrated yesterday --- our soon to be victorious king over sin and death.
The gate has been opened once again this week for us to reflect upon the passion of Christ. For us to remember somehow that we will achieve nothing for the Kingdom of God without obedience to the Father's will. Human as we are, we tend to be blinded by worldly things, earthly desires that we forget what Jesus has given up for us many years ago. We live in a world that cares little for the truth and finds no importance of living our lives in accordance to the will of God. People seek to advance themselves and their ideas without regard for the well-being of others - in general as I may speak. The annual commemoration of the Death and Resurrection of Christ during the Holy Week is a way of awakening all of us that though we are sinners, like Dimas, if we are to address our sinfulness and repent, God will surely promise us paradise. It is this sort of selflessness that we need to learn if we ever hope to be with the Father. If we ever hope to join him once again in Jesus second coming. What awaits at the finish line is
Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers.
Leigh Hunt (1784-1859)