The 21st Century Pinoy Sorrowful Mysteries

The 21st Century Pinoy Sorrowful Mysteries

a Lenten reflection by The Overlord Bear/Jem De Ocampo

“One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, ‘Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!’

But the other rebuked him, saying, ‘Do you not fear God, since your are under the same sentence of condemnation?

And we indeed justly; for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.’

And he said, ‘Jesus, remember me when you come in your kingly power.’

And he said to him, ‘Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise’” (Luke 23:39-43).


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Illusion or Reality? Pride or Humility?

Serving God shouldn’t be a sad thing to do, indeed, and we should remember that humans aren’t perfect. 🙂

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During Lent, God presents us with a fundamental choice. Will we choose to continue to live in our human illusions or will we allow God to reveal His reality to us? Will we cling to false pride or embrace true humility? All too often we think we are more humble than we really are, especially if we have been striving to grow spiritually for a long time.

The Pharisees were also earnest about their religious practices. As Christians, it is easy to denigrate the Jewish Pharisees, thinking we have risen above such behaviour because we live in New Testament times, no longer under the burden of the Old Testament Laws. However, before we judge these men too harshly, we should remember they were simply striving to be good, observant Jews. In their zeal, they inadvertently ended up seeking respect for themselves rather than inspiring love for God.

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