Hitting the 'Jesus' year!
Despite my initial reluctance, I caved and began to think of it in another way. Having had attended a pro-life talk by Stephanie Gray on abortion and gendercide earlier yesterday evening, I was just grateful to be alive. My parents choose to give me the gift of life and this is worthy of celebration and to come together to strengthen the bonds of communion as a community. So a birthday is a momentous occasion, to be commemorated just as a nation commemorates its birth or as an organization celebrates its founding. It is a chance to remember the day that a major event occurred, to celebrate and give thanks and to reflect upon how well we are fulfilling our calling, the gift which the Lord has given us. It is also a time to do a reality check on life...yep, hitting 33 was an adapt time to do that and was somewhat facilitated by the thoughts below.
Psychologist Donna Dawson, says:
“The age of thirty-three is enough time to have shaken off childhood naivety and the wild scheming of teen-aged years without losing the energy and enthusiasm of youth. By this age innocence has been lost, but our sense of reality is mixed with a strong sense of hope, a “can do” spirit, and a healthy belief in our own talents and abilities. We have yet to develop the cynicism and world-weariness that comes with later years.”Hmmm! Not quite sure what to make with all that! Maybe I can journal on it later! One thing though, I feel that this interpretation doesn't take into account the frustrations faced by today's thirtysomethings. Often the basic milestones that young people of previous generations could expect to complete by the age of 30 – graduating school, leaving home, becoming financial independent and forming their own families – aren't necessarily occurring in that standard fashion. So, the Jesus Year has become a meme for dealing with, not amid-life crisis but rather a stalled-life crisis.
Lately in pop culture world, people have been calling someone’s 33rd year their "Jesus Year" because it was in Jesus’ 33rd year that He accomplished the most. It was a pretty busy year for the Saviour actually... including saving mankind from eternal damnation. Pretty productive really. Reflecting on his life though, we can see that by 33, Jesus knew what His purpose was. He knew what was coming and told people about it. He had full knowledge of His purpose and made sure His disciples were ready and in place to carry out theirs once He had gone because that was part of His purpose. It was brilliant. Jesus knew where, when, and why He was supposed to walk where He did. His steps were truly ordered of God and He got to Jerusalem at just the right time. The "by faith" part that we often interpret as "walking blindly" was actually, proceeding boldly on His mission having faith that His Father would do His part. Jesus repeatedly showed restraint (control over His emotions and words) so that they didn't distract Him or rob Him (or others) of His purpose and goal. Lastly, He fulfilled His purpose exactly as God had planned... and how He Himself had spoken of.
Some interesting ‘33’ facts:
If you take the numeric value of the word "Amen" in Hebrew, it adds up to 33 (AMEN: 1+13+5+14=33).
The Basilica of saint Peter in Rome counts 33 chapels: 29 in the Basilica itself and 4 of more in the crypt.
His Holiness John Paul I reigned as Pope for 33 days.
Each of the three sections of Dante Divine Comedy (Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso) consist of 33 cantos.
Humans are born with 33 vertebrae!
Me with my Aussie hat (courtesy of Fr. Matt).
P. S It's apple juice!