Eating together is a primal thing we human beings do. Jesus used this visceral element of our humanity to undercut the divisions between people. At supper he brought together people that the social and economic upheaval of his day were alienating from one another. He brought them together to see how each of them was a child of God; how each of them belonged at table together. Eating together. How simple. How radical.
We continue our lesson from last week on the importance of "meta-noia", that Greek word on renewing our thinking. I give some practical examples of how often we get stuck in the old thinking, and also, how we break free.
In Jesus' time, Jews under Roman rule had to continually compete for social standing by elevating themselves and putting each other down. Sound familiar? At the core of who we are, we feel that we are not precious. As long as we feel this way, we will be competing with one another. This competition requires much mental and emotional energy that could be redirected to healing and loving. By asking us to wash one another's feet, Jesus invites us away from competition and to a place of internal fulfillment and worthiness.
When Jesus washed the feet of the disciples, he was doing something more profound that is typically considered. He was radically upending the normative dynamic of human relationships. In this introduction to a new series on the "other side of power," we reflect on the enormity of transformation needed in our instincts if we are going to live in the world of peace and mutual respect we so desire.