Passion Sunday, “a bittersweet celebration”

Today, with the celebration of the Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday, we begin the Holy Week. And this Sunday, according to Pope Francis, is “a bittersweet celebration” because it is both joyful and sorrowful at the same time. Joyful, because we celebrate the Lord’s entrance to Jerusalem as King, amid the rejoicing crowd (who cried out: “Hosanna in the highest!”). Sorrowful, because we also proclaim the account of the Lord’s Passion and Death (in which that same crowd shouted: “Crucify him!”).

The four (4) Gospel writers (Mt., Mk., Lk., and Jn.) wrote their own version of the Passion and Death of Jesus. Today is from the version of Luke. (Well, it’s like pancit: you may have different varieties of it depending on the restaurant or carenderia where you buy it. Surely one’s own version has its unique taste that goes with one’s own set of ingredients, manner of preparation, etc.)

Similarly, Luke has some details that can only be found in his narrative, and we wish to point out some of these from where we can proceed for further reflection:

First is Luke’s emphasis on the bounty and mercy of Jesus in many episodes. One of these is in our Gospel today: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do” (Lk. 23:34). He did not just bid his disciples to forgive always and unconditionally those who cause them harm, but Jesus himself gave the example.

Second, the meeting between Herod and Jesus (Lk. 23:4-12). Herod here is the son of the more famous Herod who ordered the slaughter of the children of Bethlehem. He was not wicked like his father, but he was weak and corrupt. He imagined Jesus to be like an expert in magic (so when Pilate sent Jesus to him to have his opinion about the accusations, he was overjoyed and hoped to witness some magic tricks. To his dismay, Jesus did not utter a single word in his presence.

Now, that leads us to ponder on the deeper meaning of silence. Archbp. Villegas said: “There is virtue in silence. There is virtue in speech. Wisdom is knowing when it is time for silence and when is the timing for speech.”

He further said: “There is nobility in silence like the silence of the lambs brought to slaughter in the temple to atone for sins. There is the silence of the desert mystics that pierced the hidden secrets of the heart of God. There is the silence of the woman who treasured all those things in her heart. [And we add: There is the silence during the Holy Week that allows us to re-discover and re-appreciate the true meaning and direction of our earthly life.] Silence indeed is the language of God and only those who speak silence will be able to grasp Him.”

Third, the meeting the group, among them were many women, who accompanied Jesus on the way to Calvary. Jesus met this group “who mourned and lamented for him” (Lk. 23:27-31) They were not guilty of what was taking place, and were mourning for the sins of others.

Here, there is a show of care and concern, of involvement and solidarity. We recall a portion of that famous CBCP Pastoral Letter last year which said: “We have a saying in Tagalog, ‘Ang sakit ng kalingkingan ay ramdam ng buong katawan.’ (‘The pain of one part of the body is felt by the whole body.’) Alas, this is not always true! There is no way we can feel each other’s pains when some parts of the body are numbed by sheer indifference.”

In this season of “almsgiving”, how can we concretely manifest care and concern for our fellowmen according to our capacity (health-wise and resources-wise)? In what way can we perform some corporal and spiritual works of mercy?

Customary scene at USJ-R’s hallway facing the Carbon Market (photo credits: Edmond Navarro)

Fourth, while all the evangelists mentioned the fact that Jesus was crucified between two thieves (who were not just small time village thieves, but really murderers and criminals), and Matthew and Mark said that the two kept on insulting Jesus, Luke’s account is different. While one insulted Jesus, the other reprimanded his colleague, and calling Jesus by name, asked him: “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom” (Lk. 23:42). The dying Jesus replied: “Today, you will be with me in Paradise” (Lk. 23:43).

With this, we come full circle with God’s mercy and compassion especially towards sinners, the outcast. Remember that the Gospel of Luke begins with the poorest, the last, the impure in Israel: the shepherds. It continued to show us the Master among the publicans, the sinners, the prostitutes. Towards the end of Jesus’ earthly life, he was surrounded by two poor and unhappy people who had done much wrong in life. Now Jesus returns to the Father in the company of one who represents us all: a sinner won over by his love.

As we celebrate this “bittersweet” Sunday, “let us choose to focus on worshipping our Lord and King—the King of justice, mercy and peace—thanking Him for the gift of His sacrifice, celebrating the power of the Resurrection, and the new life found in Him alone.”


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Fray Jose Ernil F. Almayo, OAR, is currently the Provincial Secretary of the St. Ezekiel Moreno Province and Chairman of the Commission on Communications and Publications-Recoletos

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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO ROMANIA
    (May 31-June 2, 2019)

    Day 2: Bucarest-Bacau-Sumuleu-Ciuc-Iasi-Bucarest

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Raul Buhay
    Fray Russell Lapidez

     

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    June 2, 2019

    ASCENSION OF THE LORD
    WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO ROMANIA
    (May 31-June 2, 2019)

    Day 3: Bucarest-Sibiu-Blaj-Sibiu-Rome

    148th ANNIVERSARY (1871- 2019) OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO’S PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION

    COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES & TRANSITIO ET FORMATIO
    Venue: Casiciaco Recoletos Seminary Baguio City / Time: 2:00PM

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Constantino Real

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    June 3, 2019

    NATIONWIDE OPENING OF S.Y. 2019-2020
    (cf. DepEd Order No. 007 series of 2019, dated April 22, 2019)

    CSNT-R SCHOOL OPENING
    SPA-R SCHOOL OPENING

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roy Baluarte
    Fray Ramon Bitancor III (simple prof.)

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    June 4, 2019

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR VOCATIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

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    June 5, 2019

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION (1985-2019)
    Fray Francisco Antonio
    Fray Amadeo Lucero

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    June 6, 2019

    148th ANNIVERSARY (1871-2019) OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO’S ARRIVAL IN [CALAPAN] MINDORO

    17th PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

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    June 7, 2019

    MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – SPA-R

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Teresita Aurigue, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL & EPISCOPAL ORDINATIONS
    Most Rev. Raul Dael (Diocese of Tandag)

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    June 8, 2019

    OAR FORMANDS CONVENTION
    Venue: RFC, Miranila, Quezon City Inclusive Dates: June 8 -12, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Mary Joy Dula, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Ryan Jimenez, D.D. (Diocese of Chalan Kanoa [Saipan])

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Amparo del Sgdo. Corazon de Jesus, AR

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    June 9, 2019

    PENTECOST SUNDAY

    398th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF RECOLETOS DE CEBU

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Purificacion Glimada, AR Sr. Ma. Lea Eseo, AR
    Sr. Evangeline Pejano, AR

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    June 10, 2019

    CST-R SCHOOL OPENING

    USJ-R BALAMBAN CAMPUS SCHOOL OPENING (JHS and SHS)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joel Villaruel

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1984-2019)
    Fray Raul Buhay
    Fray Manuel Lipardo
    Fray Domingo Saladaga, Jr.
    Fray William Emilito Villaflor

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Carmela Garcia, AR
    Sr. Soledad Cañete, AR

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    June 11, 2019

    BIRTHDAY:
    Most Rev. Francisco M. de Leon, D.D. (Diocese of Antipolo)
    Fray Bernabe Dosdos
    Fray Joshua Olaivar (simple prof.)
    Sr. Ma. Divina Caabay, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1983-2018)
    Fray Bernard Amparado
    Fray Joseph Granada
    Fray Cristituto Palomar
    Fray Jorge Peligro

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    June 12, 2019

    ST. JOHN OF SAHAGUN

    Philippines’ 121st INDEPENDENCE DAY

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Micaela de la Virgen del Carmen, AR

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    June 13, 2019

    BOT MEETING – SSC-R MANILA
    Venue: SSC-R Manila / 9:00 AM

    USJ-R BALAMBAN CAMPUS SCHOOL OPENING (Elementary)

    BIRTHDAY:

    Most Rev. Antonio Tobias (Diocese of Novaliches)
    Mo. Lucena Antipala, AR (General Superior of the CARS)
    Sr. Antonia Pono, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION (Religious Brother):
    (1998-2019)
    Fray Jaazeal Jakosalem

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Fe de la Sgda. Familia, AR

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    BOT MEETING – SSC-R CAVITE
    Venue: SSC-R Manila / 2:00 PM

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Jose Teodulfo Jadulco

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1972-2019)
    Fray Federico Gregorio
    Fray Lauro Larlar
    Fray Ceferino Añez

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Michaela de la Virgen del Carmen, AR
    Mo. Maria Josefa Borces, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Nelson Plohimon
    Sr. Ma. Clotilde Edora, AR
    Sr. Adoracion Pagsisihan, AR
    Sr. Isis Vita Villagonzalo, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Manuela de San Agustin, AR

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    June 16, 2019

    HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY

    PAPAL VISIT TO CAMERINO – SAN SEVERINO MARCHE

    BIRTHDAY:
    Sr. Aurelia Pastidio, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1974-2019)
    Fray Enrico Peter Silab

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Encarnacion Hynson, AR

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    June 17, 2019

    UNO-R SCHOOL OPENING

    BOT MEETING – UNO-R BACOLOD
    Venue: UNO-R Bacolod / 9:00 AM

    BOT MEETING – SPA VALENCIA & SPA-R CAIDIOCAN
    Venue: UNO-R Bacolod / 2:00 PM

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    BOT MEETING – CST-R SAN CARLOS
    Venue: UNO-R Bacolod / 9:00 AM

    BOT MEETING – CSNT-R TALISAY
    Venue: UNO-R Bacolod / 2:00 PM

    BOT MEETING – RESOURCE HANDUMANAN INC.

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Irenea Vergara, AR
    Sr. Ma. Corazon Barroca, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1978-2019)
    Fray Joseph Philip Trayvilla

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco, DD (Diocese of Cubao)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Victor Lluch (2004-2019 / 15th)

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    June 19, 2019

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP 5c)

    BOT MEETING – USJ-R MAIN, CEBU
    Venue: USJ-R Main, Cebu / 9:00 AM

    BOT MEETING – USJ-R BALAMBAN
    Venue: USJ-R Main, Cebu / 2:00 PM

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista, DD (Diocese of Imus)

    (2010-2019)
    Fray Leo Alaras
    Fray Michael Catama
    Fray Kenneth Joseph Onda Fray James Dexter Tanquis

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1977-2019)
    Fray René Paglinawan
    Fray Leonardo Pauligue
    Fray Samson Silloriquez

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Buenaventura Famadico, DD (Diocese of San Pablo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Rosa de Padua, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Renier Alviola
    Fray Enrico Nacorda

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    June 21, 2019

    MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – CSNT-R
    *tentative schedule

    BIRTHDAY
    Luis Antonio Card. Tagle (Archdiocese of Manila)
    Sr. Ma. Luisa Borces, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    (2005-2019)
    Jaime Cardinal Sin (Brother General of the Order)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Paulino Dacanay

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    June 23, 2019

    CORPUS [ET SANGUIS] CHRISTI

    78th FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF RECOLETOS DE SAN CARLOS (Negros Occidental)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Geronima Ruiz, AR
    Sr. Jesusa Pedrez, AR
    Sr. Juanita Payawal, AR

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    June 24, 2019

    NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

    CURSO DE PREPARACION 2019
    Venue: Madrid, Spain
    Inclusive Dates: June 24- August 3, 2019

    USJ-R MAIN/BASAK CAMPUS SCHOOL OPENING

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Geronima Ruiz, AR
    Sr. Jesusa Pedrez, AR
    Sr. Juanita Payawal, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Presentacion Ramirez, AR

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    June 25, 2019

    SSC-R MANILA SCHOOL OPENING (Basic Education)

    EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Bp.-elect Cosme Damian Almedilla (Bishop of Butuan)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray William Emilito Villaflor

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Luisa Padilla, AR

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    June 26, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Julius Marcos
    Fray Virgilio Calalang, Jr (simple prof.)

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Vicente Navarra, DD (Bishop Emeritus of Bacolod)

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    June 27, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Elvira Vergara, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Catalina del Amor Misericordioso, AR

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    June 28, 2019

    SACRED HEART OF JESUS

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSIONS (cf. LAMP 5c)

    MASS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT – USJ-R BALAMBAN CAMPUS

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Enrico Peter Silab
    Fray Samson Silloriquez

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1990-2019)
    Fray Bernabe Dosdos

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Francisco M. de Leon, D.D. (Diocese of Antipolo)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Margarita de Lumbania, AR

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    June 29, 2019

    STS. PETER AND PAUL
    10th ANNIVERSARY FO THE ENCYCLICAL, CARITAS IN VERITATE (2009)

    SIMPLE PROFESSION OF VOWS
    Venue: SEMONORE, Antipolo City / 9:00 A.M.

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (2018-2019)
    Fray Helfrid D. Palmis
    Fray Nero F. Bautista
    Fray Jose Enrico V. Gallego
    Fray Rey Jay Y. Quevedo
    Fray Renz Calex C. Soriano
    Fray Jhoben M. Rodriguez

    ANNIVERSARY OF RELIGIOUS PROFESSION
    (1967-2019)
    Most Rev. Patricio Buzon, SDB, D.D. (Diocese of Bacolod)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1971-2019)
    Fray Rafael Cabarles

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Rosario Alvero, AR

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    June 30, 2019

    13th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

      

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