CALOOCAN City, March 25, 2015—The gift of self and the effort to reach out to others are two things that best sum up the essence of the forthcoming Holy Week, a Catholic prelate says.
In an interview with Church-run Radyo Veritas, Bishop Francisco M. de Leon, Caloocan diocese’s Apostolic Administrator, explained that instead of inflicting physical pain on oneself, the faithful are enjoined to live out the sacrifice Jesus Christ Himself had made on their behalf.
“Rather than having ourselves crucified or flogged in public, why not just renounce selfishness, and vow to be selfless?” he asked.
“This is my challenge for the Holy Week,” he added.
De Leon stressed the Lenten season, especially the start of Holy Week, is when all Catholics are invited to reflect and meditate on the fruits which the sacrifice of the Second Person of the Trinity brought for their salvation.
Meanwhile, in his recent Lenten message, Pope Francis reminds Catholics the holy season is a “time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer.”
“Above all it is a ‘time of grace’ (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that He himself has not first given us. ‘We love because He first has loved us’ (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us,” he said.
According to the Holy Father, each person has a place in God’s heart given that “He knows us by name, He cares for us, and He seeks us out whenever we turn away from Him.”
Holy Week, which commemorates the Passion of Christ, begins on Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos), March 29, and ends on Holy Saturday (Sábado de Gloria), April 4. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)