Midweek Mandate

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.)

Perfect: Handsome man who shares his food, shows a party trick and who can tell a story or two.

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.

2 thoughts on “Midweek Mandate

  1. I know that it is not like me to have these deep and meaningful thoughts…or at least to write them down, or voice them in public, but oddly enough I was talking about the New Commandment with a friend not too long ago.
    Don’t worry, I REALLY don’t make a habit of it!

    The outcome of it all was as follows. As far as the people I work for are concerned and as far as they teach our young people, Jesus’s main message was to “Love one another as I have loved you”. Not a bad message – even in my warped view of Catholocism, I have no problem with supporting this ideal.

    However, if we are to believe that Jesus exisited, then we need to think about the fact that not only were we all miserable sinners, but he loved us anyway, and passed on his message for us to continue to love eachother in the same way that he did.

    My question, then: Why is it (and I do appriciate that I am totally generalising and stereotyping and I am a little sorry for this) that the people who have the most trouble loving people for who they are, are the ones who would consider themselves to be “Strict Catholics”?

    1. Whooaa yes, sweeping generalisation there Rach! But get your point. I guess it kind of applies to anyone slightly extremist in religion not just Catholics (I have met some pretty cool Catholics 😉 ) as I think that most big religions are based on the love-concept.

      The problem starts when people try to interpret an old textbook, mixed with human nature to try to make sense of the world in good and bad. Personally I feel that people who hold on to the text forget that despite it supposedly being the word of God, the word was interpreted and written down by humans.

      I’m sure if one wants to read up on it, there are examples of religion esp. the books used as scare-mongering tool to keep those in power in power (if we promise them paradise, they won’t mind if their lives are a bit shit now…), to justify horrendeous acts of inhumanity, or to turn fear of the unknown into hatred against the unknown just because it is easier than exploring the unknown and potentially finding weakness within yourself.

      Still that is just my humble opinion Rach, any extremist view scares me a little and I prefer to believe that whatever happens every one tries to make the best of it. (How can we judged to be sinners if we are created the way we are? ) So my philosophy is: even if we screw up one day, there is always tomorrow. x

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