No, I’m not giving up Social Media for Lent. My 2013 Lenten discipline is to give thanks to God for those who have helped me to grow into who God intends for me to be and become. See all of my 2013 Lenten Thanks here.
Today is Maundy Thursday, the day when we remember the last supper between Jesus Christ and his disciples in the Upper room. This is the most moving services for me each year because I am called again to re-examine the profound ramifications upon my life if I choose to believe in the importance of Jesus also washing Judas’* feet. In today’s world, to see your enemy – in body, mind or spirit – as worthy of being served and treated with graciousness is, for many, a non-starter. Some see this as weak, selling out or encouraging abuse, while other see this as a power response of love and redemption that transcends all other things. This approach to life is not easy or void of tension, but, nevertheless, to see your enemy as a human being is a powerful aspect of my faith and one that I struggle with every day.
Today I, while I am not sure that I can give thanks for my enemies, I do know that they to are children of God and with that knowledge, I have been changed.
* I realize that drawing a parallel between Judas and the New York Yankees may be a stretch, but with opening day just around the corner, it’s time to start warming up my “I hate the Yankees” engine.