The Easter

Every Easter Sunday is the reunion of my mother’s big clan, as she has 11 siblings, 2 of her siblings have 12 children, that makes us almost 60 first cousins. Our ancestors have passed on the statue of a resurrected Christ made of ivory from generation to generation. Each family has the responsibility to contribute for the flowers, catering, helpers and other incidental expenses.

 

The clan has been blessed with the  inheritance of  lands and fish ponds.  Our grandparents are called by their Spanish names  Don and Dona or the haciendero and haciendera. They have left a legacy that the future generation will cherish.  With huge land, comes with huge responsibility to nurture and continue the legacy.  However,  it has been the cause of division  to some and unity to many.

 

It’s only when you travel outside the country that you’ll realize how fortunate it is to live in the Philippines with helpers to do the chores for you and assist you, a home service masseuse, fertile lands, abundance of water and resources waiting to be discovered and developed.   The wrong notion of being too confident of having inheritance has developed the idea of being complacent.  Until such time they realized they run out of resources.  However, it takes for an entrepreneurial spirit to have the confidence to take the risk and make the ideas or vision to reality.  Thus, it still takes knowledge, skills, and experience for a project to be successful.

 

Being brought up in a very close family, coming from a big clan, having almost 60 first cousins, who are scattered in different countries and have an annual reunion during the easter sunday, has its pros and cons, it helps you get used to a big crowd and can relate to different types of people.  However, conflict is inevitable because of hearsays and minconstrued statements passed on from one person to the other.

 

There were times during the reunion, the day that should be peaceful and solemn has been tainted with grudges because of envy and greed by criticizing and gossiping.  I felt the exhaustion  of my relatives defending themselves from the hearsays eversince.  Imagine, gathering together with relatives in front of the resurrected Christ but gossiping on the side.  Talking like Gods as they make fond of other people by backstabbing them.  Exodus 20:16.

 

Reunion is not an election to influence the majority, nor a competition to fight against the other. Reunion should be a venue to talk about ideas that will be productive, beneficial and helpful to everyone concern.  A chance to talk about peace, unity and solidarity to continue the legacy that the ancestors have left.

 

I hope that this Sunday it’ll be solemnly beautiful and that this holy week be truly meaningful to all.

 

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