Sunday April 12, 2020.
I read and heard it hundred times today. Everyone’s sharing thoughts and stories about Easter Sunday, so I wonder. I told myself, “you hypocrite”! I grew up being a Catholic, and our yearly tradition is to attend series of Novenas during Holy Week. Aside from that, our whole family do attend the Good Friday mass where, “knee and stand” is repeated that I missed to count. I lit a candle, prayed and joined the street procession after the mass with the vast crowd.
I wonder why the Church is teeming with people during Good Friday and almost half-empty during normal Sunday mass? That until today, I don’t dare to find an answer. Never tried to find an answer with those decades. I’m dead sorry for not putting it by heart how we remember the Passion of Christ in the cross. I attend, I pray, I follow the church teaching but I know, deep in me, I did not lived with it, one hundred percent.
No work for two weeks already. Earlier as we prepared for our 8th day of the Divine Mercy Novena, Mom and I talked.
Me: Mom, I think this Enhanced Community Quarantine is a blessing in disguise. (FYI, I’m not happy with our current situation, I am just looking into the positive outcome it provided us, okay)
Me: Because of this ECQ, I’m here staying in the house. I’m here to lead the Novena. If not because of this, you’ll be force to do it yourself.
Mom: Truth is God.
Therefore, we need to accept Jesus so we can attest the Truth, reality and wonder of Christ.
PS. We are not the typical family who you think is righteous and religious. I’m just saying that even in simple conversations, God is there. He is always there! And yes, it’s my habit to appreciate every single little thing because my heart is brimming with gratefulness.
Bible verses we heard and we read countless times and all we need to pray right now.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it shall be open to you.”Matthew 7:7
Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.Jeremiah 33:3
We repeat the memory that Christ has died for us and He is risen to judge the living and the dead. The resurrection!
He is the absolute answer. Believe that Christ is risen.
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.