It is Wednesday, let’s take a break from the stress of all the things we have to do before the Easter weekend. So read my blog entry – it will take only a couple of minutes! It’s great to get 3 or 4 days off (you part-time citizens or teachers don’t count!), but so much still needs to be done. So many e-mail to attend to, so many bills to pay now it is pay-day; be it in the office, at home, arranged with family, it is the part where you forget that it should be an enjoyable experience. Thus let’s go yoga, let’s let go of it all for the remaining time of this entry.
As all of you good Christian folk will know: tomorrow is Maundy Thursday. Maundy Thursday is the Thursday of the Holy Week for Christians (yes kids, more important than Christmas even though you don’t exchange over-priced presents.)
This Thursday is the day before Good Friday when Jesus was crucified and it commemorates The Last Supper after which he was betrayed with a kiss.
It’s a complicated story around a kind of roadtrip which ends in a dinner party gone badly wrong. Main themes are friendship, betrayal, destiny and human nature. It is a good story, I cannot remember the name of the book but give it a google… (Just don’t get distracted by a guy called Dan Brown)
Something which struck me as interesting though whilst I did a tiny bit of research for this piece was the name Maundy Thursday. Maundy apparently comes from mandatum novum, Latin for the new mandate. It refers to the request from the man Jesus himself, which a man called John freely translated as (John 13:34)
Love another (like I have loved you).
These words that sounded strangely familiar to those said by a different man on the eve of his death more recently and immediately it made me wonder: perhaps when we get to the heart of it, it really is that simple.
And even if not: I guess it is a start.