The meaning of Easter can resonate with this… Christ suffered, died and rose from the dead to give us New Life! It is not only man whom He has redeemed but the whole of Creation!
It was agreed by the parents and the kids that their Easter greetings/card will be made as a group project instead of individual cards like they did last Christmas. Since all of them have the same sponsor - Kuya Pat and Ate Lisa. We started last February 11 – after the meeting, I showed them samples of greeting cards that we usually use during Easter Sunday and explained what’s the origin and history of the Easter Egg, bunny and flowers. The kids chose eggs for their card, so I distributed materials for them to cut out eggs at home then bring it next meeting. The eggs will be placed in a basket with their names on it, I suggested that they can paste a photo so that they will be identified. And so it goes and at last it was done! They decided to paste some flowers at the bottom of the basket to make it more colorful and beautiful. It was a joy to watch the children do it with the help of their parents.
Voila! We come up with two baskets because the eggs were a bit too big, basket were too small to accommodate all nine eggs. So we come up with one basket for the boys and another for the girls. After it was made I asked the parents to look at it and reflect, think of a meaning of what their children made.
Question one: for them when they see an egg what comes to mind first? … Egg is fragile – “kailangan ingatan kasi madaling mabasag”, Egg – is full of possibilities, but depends on the hands of who is holding it – “puedeng maging sisiw, mabuhay bilang isang ganap na manok at mangitlog, pero naka depende sa kung sino ang may hawak at nag aalaga”. Egg – is precious – “mahalaga siya kasi nakakatulong sa atin para maging malusog”. Question 2: when they look at the basket what comes to mind first? Basket is used to hold things together… “ginagamit natin para lagayan ng mga gamit, para maayos at hinde makalat”. Question 3: what comes to mind first, when they look at the flowers, plants, animals the kids pasted there? Flowers – beautiful, colorful; plants and animals – life and creation, “nagbibigay kulay at ganda sa kapaligiran; sila ay may buhay at gawa ng Diyos”, kailangan ding alagaan para maganda ang kapaligiran.”
Conclusion: These children’s life are like eggs. Their life is precious, full of possibilities but fragile! They need us (parents) to take good care of them, nurture them, teach and show them how to live life with love, respect and dignity. The basket represents their family, it is there to keep the children safe and united; it also represents Anawim Foundation and the Church, it is there to help them nurture the gift of life and faith for them to be good Christians, and become good citizens and members of their communities. The flowers, plants and animals represents Life and Creation, we need to take good care of them.
A Blessed Easter Kuya Pat & Ate Lisa!
Together with your beloved Anawims in Cararayan Area
Maraming Salamat po sa pagmamahal at pagaaruga!