Waiting for the cross

In life people will have their reasons why they show their faith in circumstances that arise.

The faithful and enthusiastic who walked the way of the cross this morning in the nation’s capital each have a reason why they walk.

For one 18-year-old, Theo Aron, he did not walk the way of the cross, rather he woke up from his sleeping area under the Waigani freeway tunnel as police came in to move them out in anticipation of the walk passing through.

The homeless youth, upon hearing that the cross would pass by, picked up his cardboard mat that he sleeps on and plastic bag of coke bottles that he will sell to market mothers to buy his food, and made his way up the hill along the freeway. He was on a mission to get a bird’s eye view of the cross.

The young man has been homeless for the past four years. He says he was chased out of his home by his father after he got mixed up with the wrong crowd during his early teens.

The soft-spoken and shy Sepik mix Kerema youth was clearly contemplative as he watched the cross pass by, speaking softly about how the symbolic structure was meant for everyone.

“Kros em blo olgeta lain, ino wanwan lain tasol, mi tu mi save olsem mi gat namba, mi no mahn nating, mi no pipia mahn.”

(The cross is for everyone, we all have a place, I know am worthy, I am not worthless.)

This Easter, despite your circumstances, faith and lot in life, take time to think about those who are less fortunate like Theo, who hold on to the hope that there is more to them than the circumstance that they are in.

Julianna Waeda