Posted on March 20th, 2008 by Lilian • Filed under: Faith
Today is Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday.
I have some old posts about Maundy Thursday. In 2005, I wrote “Will you let someone you love die?” . In 2006, I have another post on Maundy Thursday. I think my site was down during 2007 Maundy Thursday so I blog from my blogspot. The hypocrites and hypocrisies we lived with can blur our visions is one of those post that I am very proud of writing. I also have several good posts I wrote during this season of Lent.
Well, looks like I had made it through the 40 days of Lent. Since Monday, I have attended Father Fabian’s very long, deep, sometimes confusing, sometimes full of enlightenment sermon. He has put them in pdf format and if you like you can read it from my church’s website. It is about conversion and salvation.
What did I learn from sitting through three nights of sermons? Well, the first and second nights, it was to prepare me to re-look at myself and find my purpose. The second night, I have lector’s duty. It was a reading from the prophet Isaiah ( 49:1-6) and these verses made me so happy :
“He made my mouth a sharp sword,
and hid me in the shadow of his hand.
He made me into a sharpened arrow,
and concealed me in his quiver.”
I took it as a reminder from God that I should open my heart, my mind and my eyes and try to hear His messages and convey them.
And when I proclaim, “I will make you the light of the nations so that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” I have the convictions that each of us Christians have our roles to play and with the Lord, we will play it well.
Maundy Thursday is one of the most significant day in my Christian life. It is a day when I am reminded the whole purpose we are here. That is to serve. That’s why you see the above painting of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet. Jesus wants us to serve and He will take care of the rest. Serving can come in many forms. I know I do serve a purpose and I think I have expressed that in my blog posts many times.
Finally, the sermon ended with ‘How do I get there?’. Can you identify yourself with Zaccheus, the Samaritan woman at the well, the prodigal son or any of the ‘rotten’ guys from the Bible who received salvation despite of their shortcomings? Convert because you are saved; because salvation is yours. No matter what, God loves us and He loves us unconditionally. The agape kind of love.
Remember, “You did not choose me, I choose you.” In other words, one cannot become a Christian even if one choose to, unless God choose them. Five years ago, God chose me.