PAMPANGA – A picture of children playing on wooden crosses, where the annual reenactment of Jesus’ crucifixion took place, circulated online and earned different reactions from online users.
On Monday, GMA network’s YouScoop, a program where netizens can share events around the country, received the picture where children were playing on the cross. YouScooper Pia Faustino described what the six children were doing. Three of the kids climbed on each of the wooden crosses erected at a makeshift Calvary in time for Good Friday’s ritual. One of them playfully imitated the pose of the crucifixion. Faustino said there were no adults present at the time.
Different reactions were expressed by the netizens, with some calling the children adorable while others believe they were being disrespectful, GMA reports.
On Youscooper Facebook page, some said there is nothing wrong with the children playing because they are still innocent. Some quoted a Bible verse (Matthew 19:14) which says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
While many said what the kids did was just fine, there are some who were strongly against it.
One netizen wrote, “This breaks my heat. We no longer have a sense of sin. How can we cathechise the young if even the adults are not evangelized? Anyone who truly values the cross will not play with/around it.”
Another advised everyone to discipline the children and love God.
Meanwhile, another commenter said the current generation is different from the former generations and should be appropriately guided. The children may not know what they were doing but they should be taught where to play instead.
Annually, tourists visit Pampanga during the Holy Week to witness the reenactment of the crucifixion. It is usual to see tourists and locals, both children and adult, posing and playing around the crosses.