I do, however, identify with Jesus! Do you know what Holy Thursday is all about? Today Catholics/Christians remember the Last Supper. My favorite thing about this part of Jesus' story is his length last message to his friends and disciples, which we can read in chapters 13 through 17 in the Gospel of John. It's pretty powerful stuff (despite the silliness of Lego Jesus) and some of the lines are probably well known enough to be recognized by folks who aren't too familiar with the Bible. In John's version of the story, we learn about Jesus washing his disciples' feet, breaking of bread and wine (which developed into modern communion or Eucharist), and Judas' betrayal depicted by his dipping into the same bowl as Jesus.
Want more specific amazingness from the Last Supper? How about his promise of friendship, part of the "I am the vine, you are the branches" section from Jesus' final talk with his friends (from The Message version of John 15:11-16):
I've told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I'm no longer calling you servants because servants don't understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I've named you friends because I've let you in on everything I've heard from the Father.
You didn't choose me, remember; I chose you. . . .
Cool stuff. Cooler, even, than a Vita-Mix.
I won't dangle false promises of fabulous blenders in front of you without mercy, though. Tomorrow I will be announcing a fantastic giveaway! No fooling, I swear. In the meantime, feast your eyes upon some of my other recent scribbles:
- Maundy What?!: A Quick Guide to Holy Thursday
- Get Stuffed: Five Quick and Easy Mushroom Appetizers
- Eggs Around the Clock: Three Recipes
- Perfectly Puffed Pita: 5 Tips