By Leslie Ann Aquino
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Sunday asked the faithful not to treat the Holy Week observance as a mere time for vacation but also as a time to get to know Jesus.
“While we also get to rest during Holy Week, I hope it will not remain merely as a break or vacation rather a time to deeply know Jesus,” he said in his homily during his Palm Sunday Mass at the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.
“I hope those of you here will inform your children, grandkids, relatives, friends that Holy Week is a time to look at Jesus, ” he added.
“Listen to Him, allow His words, His sufferings, love transform our whole being,” said Tagle.
His Eminence said getting to know Jesus also means following His example.
“Let us get to know Him so we can follow Him. It won’t be easy but with God’s grace, hopefully, we will love and follow Him,” said Tagle.
Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tirona also issued a similar call.
He said while culturally, Holy Week is also the time when Filipinos go back to our families and friends in the provinces for family gathering and reunion, one should not forget the very reason for the observance.
“It is to remember in prayer and in conversion, the loving and total sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for our salvation,” said Tirona in his message for Holy Week.
“I call on you my dear faithful to enter more deeply and spiritually embrace the meaning of our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection,” he added.
The Caceres prelate also asked the faithful in his archdiocese to actively and devotedly participate in all the Liturgical services in their parish churches.
“May God bless our Holy Week celebrations, and make us renewed in our spiritual life,” said Tirona.
Palm Sunday is the start of the Holy Week observance.