Thursday, April 21, 2011


I was watching the news on TV and there was this interview. The question was 'In your observance of the Holy Week, what are you planning to give up?' And the replies came as -- not eating my favorite chocolate cake, not do any computer chats, not do this and that etc etc etc. All well and good if that's how they feel about it. So does that mean that after the Holy Week is over, they're back at what they love most doing? That's okay too, nobody's judging.

But do we really understand the significance of all these rituals or tradition of the Holy Week observance? Well, it's all about this one small solitary guy who was so dead set in doing what his father wanted him to do. Even if it meant ending up on the cross. But why? Because he loves his father so much and because he also believed in what his father believed in .... that people were worth saving and were worth dying for.

But were they? And thousands of years after... Are we?

The Holy Week is not just a one or three-day thing. Those are the externalities of it. The external rituals of man. It is good serving a particular purpose... but what is truly essential is what thoughts, feelings, insights, perceptions are contained in there in your heart. Giving up chocolates for a day or two doesn't count if we continue with bad habits or treat our fellowmen with meanness suspicion deceit disrespect or tyranny the rest of our days. Giving up computer time on Good Friday doesn't mean a thing if we don't do our part everyday in our lives to take out the garbage as told, obey traffic rules, observe courtesy in public places, and stop mocking the poor, physically challenged, and the ignorant.

But it will matter if we think, speak, act in a manner consistent to our values and beliefs everyday of our lives.... everyday..... not just when the Holy Week comes to season. And this too is true... that it comes not just as a religious tradition but as a reminder to us all to again reflect reevaluate our lives, and to remember that if God thinks that we are worthy and worth saving....... then we must be. And what greater love can there be than to give up one's life for one's dearest beloved.


  1. Ellen,

    I fully agree with you on what you said in last but one paragraph "Giving up chocolates..........ignorant." and the last paragraph in totality. Hope we all can follow this.

    Take care

  2. And the one line that made me ponder overis @And what greater love can there be than to give up one's life for one's dearest beloved.

    Grt post ellen always, your thoughts reflected many good opportunities people have got ..

    Have a good day.

  3. Amen! A very well written, thought provoking post for that is what all the religious seasons of the year are for...not to bring us gifts or bunnies with candy eggs...but to recall us to God and to Jesus! To reaffirm in our minds why we are here and what we are meant to be about! Thank you for reminding me!

  4. Hi Jack! May God's grace and peace pour out upon you and your family. Easter blessings to you all.

  5. Hi Prams! May the peace and joy of the Lord dwell in your heart. A blessed Easter to you and your family.

  6. Hi Theanne! Your words ring the truth. Blessed Easter to you and your loved ones.


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