Hello to my dear readers and bloggers here in the Philippines and the rest of the world when I am asking myself, “Do I need to reflect this Holy Week only?” For me, it’s not necessary to reflect this Holy Week only but I must humbly reflect all days, weeks and months each year! I would like to write a verse in the scriptures according to Luke 9: 23 in New American Standard Bible (NASB):
“And He was saying to them all, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.'”
Jesus was talking to his disciples to follow him. The Lord said, “he must deny himself.” In other words, deny yourself of worldly pleasures and inhibit selfishness. Those worldly pleasures which do not recognize God in the last days and it is written according to II Timothy 3:1-5 in King James Version (KJV):
“ This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
Paul warned to Timothy not to join or to influence those people who committed their evil/worldly pleasures and such selfishness instead of self-denial to God!
I recall the teachings of Pastor Joby Soriano that he defined “selfishness” during the Series of Love at CCF-Alabang.
“The definition of selfishness is acting or thinking of one’s own well-being alone. The Corinthian believers were models of what loving Christians should not be. They were selfish to the extreme. They did not share their food at love feasts, they protected their rights to the point of suing fellow believers in pagan law courts, and they wanted the ‘best’ spiritual gifts to build themselves up instead of others in the church.” Pastor Joby added, “Let’s be reminded that the opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference. And indifference has its roots in selfishness.” (“There’s No ‘I’ in LOVE”, CCF Weekly Chronicles Vol. 09, No. 014 April 3, 2011).
Again the Lord said to his disciples, “to take up his cross…” May I ask: do you think, my dear bloggers, to carry the heavy wood of the cross and flagellate yourself physically in extreme ways?” It will cause injuries on your whole body but it’s not necessary to carry it on your own or flagellate yourself. You’ll commit sin if you’ll torture to yourself, folks!
Jesus did not talk about the cross literally. He spoke about the commandments and his disciples must obey it. But Jesus’ commandments are not burdensome and it’s written according to I John 5:3 (NASB):
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.”
St. John tells us that God’s commandments are not burdensome. What are God’s commandments that won’t be burdensome? In Galatians 6:2 (NASB) said:
“Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”
It’s clear that Paul said, “…fulfill the law of Christ.” To deny yourself and to take up the cross daily meaning you must obey or fulfill the law of Christ with selfless love for Him and to others. Therefore, I must obey Christ not just Holy Week but all days, weeks, and months each year.
It’s not necessary to pray the Stations of the Cross through the Visita Iglesia (visiting different churches — at least 14) and to observe annual or traditional Liturgical Rites during Holy Week and pre-Easter season for the devout Catholics. That’s HYPOCRISY!!!
The Philippine Department of Health advises and warns everyone to avoid heat strokes during summer and this Holy Week. THE PDOH says to drink more fluids or juices at least 8 glasses per day! Don’t drink sodas please!
I advise to the elders and to the sick people to stay and to watch reflections on the television at home for your health’s sake.
I have an advice for the people who are spending vacation in Boracay, Amanpulo or ‘posh’ beach resorts to spend more time to read, to memorize/study and to reflect the Bible at all times to resist temptations. Satan is everywhere to attack you anytime but you must equip with God’s whole armor for your better and stronger protection against the devil and his company (Ephesians 6:12-17). The war zone against Satan is prayer and fasting (Matthew 17:21, KJV and NASB). Jesus reminds us before he died on the cross and says: “Keep watching and praying that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41, NASB).
God bless everyone!