Marking the history of Maundy Thursday
When I was in grade school, I read a series of historical novels called, "I Was There." The books were a firsthand, eyewitness account of an historical event. One book was about Pearl Harbor, another, the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The stories were told through the eyes of fictional characters, usually in middle school, the same age as the books' intended readers.
I always enjoyed the series, because it made history come alive in a way textbooks couldn't. The problem with reading history, especially if you've read the stories over and over, is they become wooden and lifeless. The truth is, their characters were just as real as we are today.
This is Holy Week, the time Christians believe Jesus was crucified for their sins. Thursday is Maundy Thursday when, according to the Gospels, Jesus took his last meal before being crucified on Good Friday.
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