BigRead13 Day 14 : Learn

The #BigRead13 Day 14

You can find day 14’s post from the #BigRead13 here.

John 13:34-35:

34 I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

We’re given a passage from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe about learning, and pondering how what we learn sets us up in life.

I’ve already posted this Lent about how I learned about religion at school, drifted away and came back late in my teens.  So I can’t talk about that again.  So what else can I talk about?

I suppose I’d like to tell you about my friend Michael.  I was five.  I was top of my class, intellectually.  Michael was bottom. Michael was good at all the games we played at break time.  I, it is fair to say, was not. Yet we were the best of friends. Why? Because we watched each other’s backs. I (so my mother tells me, I’ve not remembered as vividly), would sit with him and help him with schoolwork.  He’d make sure I got picked for teams and included in things. What I learned was the value of true friendship – the value of loyalty. We drifted apart – moving twenty miles away, aged 10, to a village with no public transport made keeping in touch hard.  But I still do recall the unlikely pair we made, loyally making sure we were each included in the things the other wasn’t so good at.

And so, for Jesus, the most loyal friend we can have: