One of the few things that I try not to write too much about in this personal blog of mine is about religion altogether.1 I have mentioned that I am Catholic devout a few times in this blog and that I do follow many of the more familiar teachings and apply them to my life.2 Apparently for the beginning of 2015, I will admit that I haven’t been attending church because of one thing that my current job requires of me: working on both Saturdays and Sundays. Because the Sabbath Day for me is Sunday, I had no choice but to give up my Sunday Masses and being part of my church choir or else I lose my current job.
I make up for those missing Sundays by reading that Sunday’s two readings and the Gospel reading.3 My parents, especially my mom, were angry about my decision to keep the job instead of just quitting the job and then spend my days unemployed looking for another job. No, not going to go through that ever again. I even told them that I read the Bible now, many more times than both of you. My dad was like “All you do is stare at your phone all day if not in front of your computer.” My answer to that was: “Exactly my point. What was I looking at while I stare at my phone all day?”
In addition to just reading the Bible everyday (again, on my phone), I have also been posting a few Bible verses that the app gave me for that day on my Instagram. When I have the time to do so, I even post images of those Bible verses, since the app now has a “graphics feature” added to it and that I can share it on my social network. I think it’s a very awesome idea. I just wish that we also have the opportunity to use our own background images (especially custom ones) and incorporate them with that verse.
Alright, enough about the Bible app. Today is Good Friday, a solemn day for us Christians, observing the death of Jesus Christ. It is also the last day (?) of a (somewhat) long period of meatless Fridays and forty days of abstinence from our daily habits. Two small meals, one full meal, no snacks in between.4 I attended tonight’s Good Friday mass as well as last night’s mass5 I also have to attend tomorrow night’s mass, which is a lot longer than last night’s and tonight’s.6 And then after all the three, we have Easter. Sadly for me, I have work on Easter Sunday. *sigh*
Even if that was the case, I can still make up for it by enjoying my Monday and Tuesday off. Then on Tuesday night, my cousin and his family from the Philippines will be arriving for a one-month long visit to the Bay Area. It’s been way too long since the last time I’ve seen him. Way too long.
Here’s to end of Lent Season and this year’s Easter. New beginnings.
On the sidenote...
- unless if it was a learning discovery of one religion and I got fascinated by it that I just had to share what I liked about that particular religion to the world… [↩]
- Of course, I also mentioned before that there are a lot of things mentioned in the Bible that I personally disagree on, but on the other hand, those particular teachings were not exactly practiced all the time in daily life anyway… [↩]
- That is… through my handy Bible app on my phone. I have to admit that I have been reading the Bible more now than when I was younger because I was too lazy to pick it up from my bookshelf before because it was so bulky and that I never really had the motivation to read it. The Bible app can be downloaded here, available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Blackberry, Kindle, etc. etc. if you’re a fellow Catholic or another type of Christian. [↩]
- My lunch was my one full meal. I had a bowl of oatmeal and a banana for breakfast and a bowl of baked beans and sourdough bread for dinner. [↩]
- Holy Thursday. Sometimes called Maundy Thursday. For the Jews, it’s the Passover. To complete the Paschal Triduum, ((They have plenty of names for this one. Sometimes they call it the Holy Triduum or Sacred Triduum. [↩]
- Easter Vigil. Not only we celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead, but to also welcome new converts to the Roman Catholic community. The length of the mass also depends on how many new converts that we will be having to initiate into the church also, which in the case of my local church, is quite a good number, close to twenty, sometimes more than that. [↩]