A week from today I get to play the role of the “Beloved Disciple” (John) in the Holy Thursday play/worship called the “Living Last Supper.” Our director, Fran Milo, and her assistant, Mary Fridh, have done a great job of coaching us “don’t quit your day job” cast members. It is moving to play this role for me knowing that Jesus had a close friends within the group of friends without any of the others feeling left out. I think that may be because Jesus was just so genuine and honest. Everyone needs a confidant – someone who can listen and empathize. Someone who withholds opinions and focuses on relating to you and not advising you. That was John.
This play/worship is on Holy Thursday March 28, 2013 at Bethany. There will be two performances/worship times at 4:30PM and 7:00PM in the main sanctuary. It is not something we do every year and I’m glad for that. It makes it even more special for those of us who have performed and for those who participate and observe. Sometimes it is things that are rare that become more beautiful for us. I thank my “brother” actors for taking the time to do this. I believe they find in each of their parts new dimensions of meaning to the disciple they portray. It’s a privilege to practice and watch them make the disciples come alive with passion and audacity.
If you can, come and join us. If not read over the passion narratives and imagine yourself as a part of a world changing event that continues to shape our world and peoples lives.
ὃν ἐφίλει ὁ Ἰησοῦς, hon ephilei ho Iēsous – the disciple whom Jesus loved. (John 20:2) Colin G Kruse, a New Testament scholar states, “that since John the Evangelist has been named consistently in the writings of early church fathers, “it is hard to pass by the authenticity of John being the author of the Gospel of John, despite widespread reluctance to accept it by many, but by no means all, modern scholars.” The true identity of the author of the Gospel of John remains a subject of considerable debate.
So I’ll leave you with a snippet from the fifteenth chapter of John, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”