March 23, 2005
March 25, 2005

March 24, 2005

I'm not sure why, but so many people of faith seem to be in such a hurry to get to major religious holidays that they miss the journey to them.

Take, for instance, today on the calendar for Western Christians. It's Maundy Thursday.

Lastsupp_1 I bet that if I walked into almost any Protestant church (and maybe even most of the Catholic churches) I would not be able to find more than 15 percent of the members who know what "Maundy" even means.

Well, it comes from a Latin word for mandate, or command, and refers to John 13:34, in which Jesus commands his disciples to love one another.

Christian History & Biography has done a good piece about Maundy Thursday in its newsletter that I commend (not command) to you today.

If you are Christian and aiming at Easter, don't miss Lent. Muslims on their way to Eid shouldn't miss Ramadan. Jews should not rush from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur. All people of faith should savor each of the days leading up to our major holidays because they say something important about what's coming -- something that will add richness and depth to the holiday we're so anxious to reach.

See my "About" page to find out how to read online what I've written for The Kansas City Star.

Comments

Doug Worgul

Thank you, Bill.

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