Holy week has always been a huge occasion to Filipinos, especially to the Catholics. We are raised to participate to Pabasa, Processions, Salubong, Visita Iglesia and Masses that are held throughout the Lenten season.
For years, I have experienced a lot of these traditions given the fact that I live near the church that still practices old beliefs. And as time goes by, I have witnessed how these traditions evolved and changed.
If you have been active on social media these past few days, I am sure that you have seen photos of churches visited by your friends and relatives, it was nice seeing them bond and pray together.
But as I scroll down through my phone, I also saw some images of churches filled with trash thrown by undisciplined people.
The aftermath of the holy week really saddened me. I have nothing against people who practice what they believe in but I realize that discipline can really affect our faith.
If you are aware of the Bible stories, you might have read the story when Jesus Cleanses the Temple:
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. —?Matthew 21:12–13
This story has always been in my head since I was young. And it quickly flashed through my mind as I saw the mountain of trash thrown in churches by devotees.
Yes, they didn’t sell anything inside the church but they threw trashes as if it wasn’t a holy place. Strong faith matters, you can shout it out loud but actions will always speak louder than words. Discipline and respect will always be a factor of faith.
I am not a perfect Catholic, I rarely go to church and confess my sins but I respect people who do. The point is if we cannot discipline ourselves to respect anyone or anything then our faith is wrong. I hope this incident will be a lesson to everyone, we are not perfect but we know what’s the right thing to do.
Pure faith needs self-discipline and respect for others.
For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. -Hebrews 12:11