Easter 2021

Published April 3, 2021, 12:12 AM

by Alex M. Eduque


Alex Eduque
Alex Eduque

Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. Surreal (and sad) to think that on Easter last year, we were in the exact same situation, “celebrating” (if you can call it that) in the exact same way – with our immediate households in enhanced community quarantine. One cannot help but ponder, “Is this really the new normal, and is this going to be on annual repeat?”

To say that the re-imposition of ECQ mustered a frenzy of emotions in everyone would be an understatement. I think even the most positive of us were let down, even at the very slightest, as the fear of uncertainty came about us once again. To add to that, we are in the midst of a surge, just when we thought the answer, vaccines, are here.

Is history about to repeat itself? Suffice to say, while cases are multiplying and numbers are much higher than they have ever been, it still caught people off guard, and unleashed a trauma within us, so to speak. Just when some saw the light at the end of the tunnel, despair has once again overcome. But, whatever the case may be, we get up, and we go on.

COVID in essence has become so much more than the term used to describe corona virus and this pandemic. It has become the excuse for forgetfulness, for scatter brains, and for delinquency. “COVID-brain” is real, and has been the culprit of laziness and inefficiency.

COVID, the word, hashes and unravels a multitude of feelings and emotions in so many different people – it associates with the saddest of memories, the small victories worthwhile of celebration, the losses, the grief, the quarantine memories and time spent with families. It is when babies were born into a world so uncertain, and also a time when loved ones were lost.

Whatever the case may be, in as much as COVID has physically divided and created barriers in a world that was once so easy to travel around and navigate, it has also polarized perception, feelings and emotions. In whatever way, it has very much become ingrained in our lives – hopefully, something we can all look back at as just a nightmare very soon.

But with each new beginning, I always choose to find the light and see the hope. Because for as long as the sun rises tomorrow, a new opportunity awaits us. Today is Easter, Jesus has risen! Let the spirit of even just today be a reminder to all of us that even after the darkest of days and strongest of storms, the light will always come, and only better days await. If there is anything I have realized last year that I continue to hold on to this year, it’s that we can plan all we want, but at the end of the day, God has a plan for each one of us, and that is always what will prevail. Surrender to faith, pray for resilience, and let go of things you cannot control.

In accepting God’s plan, worry and anxiety will shortly, but surely escape you, and despite the chaos that ensues around you, you will find that inner peace within you – the most priceless armor one can posses. With that, you are invincible to the cruelties of this world, the harshness of gossip, and all the other things that can make dealing with an already tough time even harder.

Turn to faith, and do not wrong anyone. God will take care of the rest. Happy Easter, everyone!