I knew this would happen.
Me and my big mouth. Or big words from my keyboard.
Remember three weeks ago when I had the brilliant idea that I needed to discipline myself to blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Lent (but really, if I’m honest my intention was through forever, I was just too chicken to admit it)? Well, here we are at the day I feared as soon as I published those words…the day I’m too full of thoughts about my unending To Do list to really settle down and put thoughts together to share. (I was hoping for a short thought at least, but so far, I got nothin’!). I even laid the groundwork for a topic to write about today on Monday’s post but can’t seem to focus my mind enough to even tie into what I thought I was going to say clear back then.
And now, instead of being able to put any thoughts together about Mary and the women’s roles in the story of Christ’s Passion, I am instead full of thoughts about volunteer work I’m behind on, laundry that needs to be done, and housework and groceries and upcoming meetings and Easter and Mass times and fasting.
The good news is that in writing this post, I have succeeded in my discipline of blogging every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (so far).
The bad news is that other than sharing my To Do list with you, I’ve failed at writing anything even remotely significant.
Fortunately, I have been taught that failure is always a good thing. And I can see it right now as I fail before you. What you may see right now are my meaningless ramblings and a half-hearted attempt to fulfill an obligation to discipline myself and my writing. But what I see is me allowing myself for the first time to step out of the room, completely naked (speaking figuratively here, folks!) , and show you my true self: scatter-brained, with nothing to offer you except evidence that I have made a promise to you and I will keep it.
On that note, it has occurred to me that perhaps “showing up” today wasn’t really about me at all.
Perhaps it was about you.
And what I can offer you. (Despite my long To Do list).
And the one thing I could offer you as we prepare for Maundy Thursday, the traditional day of the “washing of the feet”– a reenactment of one of the greatest acts of service in Scripture–is my prayer.
I offer you my prayer.
Sure, my To Do list is long, but I do my best to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes 5:17). I would be happy to pray with you as I work through my To Do list today. If you have anything or anyone special to pray for drop it in the comments below. Though I’m not overly talented at multi-tasking, prayer is the one thing I can do well with anything! (Even if you just “like” it, I’ll be sure to pray!)
I believe that Jesus set this example for us– bending down to offer us his service in the most humbling way–so that we would in turn go out and do the same.
After all, he never did become a king the way his followers expected, so what else could it meant that “at the name of Jesus, even knee shall bend.” (Phil 2:10)?