The Jesus Year

Johnny Depp, playing notoriously, gloriously bad director Ed Wood, lay abed with his girlfriend and fretted that Orson Welles had made Citizen Kane at the tender age of 26 – while he, Wood, was already 30. But by 33, Jesus (who is, after all, supposed to be my exemplar) had redeemed humanity and opened the gates of heaven. I need to get on the stick. Mortality ain’t just a nine-letter word.


  1. mamagiglio says

    That is exactly what I thought when I hit 30: “Hey, don’t you think you ought to really start DOING something by now? I mean, Jesus was out proclaiming His Father’s Kingdom by your age!”

    Then I remembered that Jesus is God and, well, He had a bit of an advantage over us. I let myself off the hook. 😉

  2. Repeat after me:
    “La Dolce Far Niente”

    Repeat daily until you are 50.

    And don’t worry,
    by that age all the “important stuff” you thought you did at 35 will look like a pile of carp.

  3. Notrelatedtoted says

    So, what exactly do you have in mind? The salvation of man, or a re-make of Plan 9 From Outer Space?

    Just curious,


    PS – Maybe the salvation of man lies in a re-make of said film. Think about it.

  4. It is strange to think that Christ only lived to be our age- We equate age and accomplishment sometimes. The life expectancy going higher and higher is a safety net, I think. We assume we have all the time in the world. What if I don’t? Wow, I need to get on the stick,too.

  5. I wish I had used the Jesus Year to describe my 33rd. I called it my Rolling Rock Birthday.

  6. Dorian Speed says

    Wait – does this mean you just had a birthday?

    Happy Birthday!

  7. Matthew Lickona says

    Thanks all. Yes, ATP, June 27 was birthday 33. Ambrose, my problem is that I don’t like beer, else I might have followed your example.

  8. Anonymous says

    i am always curious why the promulgation(sp) years didn’t really start for jesus until his 30’s…then ended at 33. what does THIS say about human maturity level? basically, good for about 3 years? once you get to 30 you might know something but…don’t worry, that expires at about age 33. god is funny. (this is a joke people, i am not trying to insult jesus. just want to be clear.)

  9. Anonymous says

    I thought that Aristotle said you aren’t good for anything until you are 50.

  10. angelmeg says

    Aren’t we supposed to be happy that we are older than a lot of famous dead people? But then I guess we begin to think about the fact that they achieved a lot more in a lot less time than we have.

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