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.
3 Pentecost/Lectionary 11 June 13, 2010 Luke 7:36–50 36One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table. 37And a woman in the city, who was a sinner, having learned that he was eating in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster […]