INK_BLAST | CELEBRATING MY BIBLICAL YEAR
By Juleyka Lantigua
So this month I will turn 33, which many people consider a person’s biblical year, because Jesus died at that age. So, in preparation for what should be a spiritual 365 days for me, I have decided that at key moments when I am compelled to act, I will simply ask myself, "What would Jesus do?"
When the office gossip is eager to share a juicy tidbit about that certain someone down the hall….I will say, "those who are without sin should cast the first stone!" Then I will waltz out of earshot and go back to my office.
(Because Jesus defended a woman of ill repute with similar words.)
When my boss complains at 2 p.m. that she forgot to grab lunch….I will reach into our dorm-size communal fridge and hand her exactly 5 whole grain crackers and 2 baby carrots dipped in humus.
(Because Jesus fed thousands with five loaves of bread and two fish.)
When the sky opens up and my basement gets four inches of rain in the space of one hour…I will summon up all my faith and walk on water…to where I keep the mop.
(Because Jesus walked on a lake to get to a boat.)
When my friends complain about being broke…I will say to them, "set out all your nets" and the money will come.
(Because that’s what Jesus said to Peter when he and his fishermen where out in the ocean and not catching any fish. Then miraculously, the nets broke from the amount of fish trapped in them.)
When my husband comes home with sore muscles from a basketball game….I will let him touch my outfit so he can be healed.
(Because Jesus routinely let very sick people touch his robes, and they were instantly cured.)
When someone invites me to a dinner party….I will bring along some Evian and, while no one is looking, turn it into a nice vintage Rioja (Spanish red wine).
(Because that’s what Jesus did at a wedding when they were out of the good stuff and all they had was jugs of water.)
I’m already feeling pretty good about this new year of life.
"Juleyka Lantigua is a journalist and editor whose work appears in national newspapers and magazines. For more info visit: www.juleykalantigua.com."