When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.”
Luke 22:14-15 (NIV)
What do Tim Hortons, Hockey Night in Canada, and Rick Mercer have in common? Each is a popular symbol of Canadian identity, seen across the country – and beyond – on television and in other forms of media. But whose definition of ‘Canadian’ do they represent? What does it mean to be Canadian? Do we create our own impressions of Canadian identity, or are they created for us? In their book “Desiring Canada”, Patricia Cormack and James F. Cosgrave delve into these questions, exploring the connections between popular culture, media, and the Canadian state.
Extroverts love being around people. When they get invited to a friend’s house, they look forward to going and count the days until they get there. Jesus was a people person extraordinaire. He loved being with people. Even when He was exhausted, He took the time to be with them. So, what the Gospel writer records in Luke 22:14-15 shouldn’t surprise us: “When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them, ’I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer.’” Jesus was facing the most difficult days in His life – He would be arrested, charged, wrongly convicted and put to death on one of the most painful instruments of capital punishment ever invented by man. But He was so excited to sit down with His friends and share the seder meal. Most would not be with Him when He needed them the most. One would betray Him. But He loved being with them. He eagerly desires to be with you as well, as you live your life. Recognize Him today in all that you do.
These have been words from the heart.