St. Francis of Assisi once said, “Proclaim the Word of God, use words if necessary.” This sums up my experience during the Holy Week. While I did not share the Holy Scripture directly to someone, I was able to portray it for my community. As one of the men who would portray the Apostles of Jesus, I know that I have to embrace to role by mind and by heart.
Before my duties as an Apostle started last Palm Sunday, I asked for prayer requests from my friends. I have continuously prayed over these intentions in all the rituals conducted during the Holy Week and it gave me a sense of happiness and satisfaction that leads me to cry at times. I really took my prayer time by heart while I wore my costume as a disciple so as to inspire other attendees to speak to God in the same manner.
During Maundy Thursday, I was able to share God’s word on charity and brotherhood by washing the feet of another person after my feet have been washed by our parish priest. I could have chosen my family members but I was compelled to choose an old man who had a walking cane. Through the gesture that I did, I believe that I was able to impart that God is with him despite his condition. We exchanged smiles afterwards as an affirmation of the Lord’s presence in that moment.
Though the Holy Week has ended and my portrayal as an Apostle is over, the pursuit of being a humble and loyal disciple for the Lord continues. With each God gives me, I will do my best to uphold His teachings and to conduct my life according to His directive. The challenge to be a real Apostle without costume starts now.
Writtten By: Lawrence Fernandez, 1st place in PBS’ Holy Week Essay Writing Contest