Disgraced Philippines Senator Leila De Lima is in a deep sadness this Good Friday. Why? Because they have crucified her Lord? She must be a very devout Christian. A real worshipper of Jesus Christ her Lord and Saviour. Right? Wrong!
“For the first time in my life, I won’t be able to join the Good Friday procession in our home parish. I will not be there to touch the image of our dear AMA, the Santo Entierro, and say my most intimate prayer,” De Lima lamented.
“The mere thought of missing this annual spiritual experience, this lifetime “panata” of mine, produces a revolting emptiness inside me. It’s like being cast away in an abyss of despair,” she said.
She is sad because she can't engage in her annual ritual idol worship.
Easter is one of the greatest time for national cosplay in the Philippines. All across the country devotees scourge themselves with whips and some even go so far as to crucify themselves half naked like Jesus with their crucifers dressing up like Roman centurions. Most however join Good Friday processions showcasing the stations of the cross. What De Lima wants to touch and pray to is an idol of the dead body of Jesus Christ that looks like this:
That is the exact idol from her parish. Though there is a lot of variation in this particular idol the idea is the same: a wooden idol of the dead Christ ensconced inside a gold-trimmed glass coffin.
The usual highlight of Good Friday is the Santo Entierro ("holy interment"), which is the name of both the rite and the wooden or resin sculpture of the dead Christ lying supine used in the ritual.
Where do they even get the idea for this idol? Jesus was a poor man and though he was buried in a rich man's tomb he was wrapped up like a mummy and buried in a stone sepulchre in the common manner of the jews. He was not buried in a gold-trimmed glass coffin. The image is so horrific in its gaudiness and its unbiblical and blasphemous denial that he who was rich became poor for our sake. It is an image straight out of Snow White
not the Gospel.
not the Gospel.
John 19:40: Then took they the body of Jesus, and wound it in linen clothes with the spices, as the manner of the Jews is to bury.
John 19:41: Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden; and in the garden a new sepulchre, wherein was never man yet laid.
John 19:42: There laid they Jesus therefore because of the Jews' preparation day; for the sepulchre was nigh at hand.
De Lima is sad that she cannot touch the wooden figurine of a dead Jesus and say her most intimate prayer. Why? Because her religion is a sham religion that relies on images and pictures. She does not worship God in spirit and in truth. She worships him in the flesh and in lies. So does every other idolater.
The Santo Entierro idol is not a witness to the incarnation as the Seventh Ecumenical Council declared about images. It is a false image that bears witness to man's deceitful imagination which is only evil continually. Her deceitful imagination even leads her to believe that she is being crucified.
“Beginning Wednesday evening, and up to Easter Sunday morning, I would prefer to be alone. I shall entertain no visitors as I intend to spend more time for prayers and reflections. I’ll be on a sabbatical within a sabbatical,” De Lima told ABS-CBN News in a letter.
“This is my reflection: I’m carrying a cross now and going through a crucifixion. In carrying my cross, I feel no disgrace or regret at all, but a renewed and fortified spirit to fight to the end,” said De Lima, the highest elected official so far detained on drug charges under the Duterte administration.De Lima needs to stop striking a Jesus Christ pose. Come on down off that cross Senator. We could use the wood. If De Lima needs an idol to worship God then she is not worshipping God. And if she is not worshipping God then it is no wonder that God does not answer her prayers.