17th Sunday after Pentecost, Lectionary 28 October 9, 2011 Matthew 22:1-14, Isaiah 25:1-9 My mother wasn’t a good cook. She didn’t really like to cook, but she loved to have dinners. An only child who grew up in a huge nest of relations, she liked nothing better than to putting the extra leaves in the […]
In his final night with his disciples, Jesus washes their feet and shares a meal with them. His new commandment is not really new, but a new way to connect with him through their care for each other and the world. His act of service redefines the meaning of ‘master’ ‘teacher’, servant.’ When he is ‘lifted up’ on the cross, ‘glorified’ in the words of the evangelist, he will return to the Father, whence he came to bring us God’s saving upheaval of the power of evil and death. Jesus resurrection will put the seal on this work forever.