Good Friday in the Time of COVID-19

It’s easy to lose track of the day of the week. There’s no more Monday or Thursday or Friday. It’s simply yesterday, today and tomorrow — the new reality in almost 2 months of home quarantine. It’s easy to forget that today is a Good Friday.

It’s easy to forget that it’s already a Good Friday because, in the past weeks, everybody has been arguing about the adequacy of government response, why they’re not entitled to government relief, the daily death count and whether the curve has been flattened. Politics and death (come to think of it, the circumstances surrounding Jesus on this Good Friday, is politics and death).

The Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin, photo courtesy of Rica Mariel Sicat (check her Instagram account, @rxcsicat_, for more photos).

Did the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) change the way we commemorate Good Friday. Yes, we’d like to think so. It’s like B.C. means “before COVID-19”. Before COVID, everybody would be out of their houses by now, maximizing the long weekend and going to their favorite vacation destinations. It was just another fun long weekend. This time of the COVID, with everyone stuck at home, perhaps there’s more time to reflect on what the Holy Week should mean to us. 

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