At the Table

Queer Crucifixtion

All At Table

“What Will I Watch and Pray for This Hour?’

One of You Will Betray Me-John 13:21-33

21 After saying these things, Jesus was troubled in his spirit, and testified, “Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
22 The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke.
23 One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was reclining at table close to Jesus,
24 so Simon Peter motioned to him to ask Jesus of whom he was speaking.
25 So that disciple, leaning back against Jesus, said to him, “Lord, who is it?”
26 Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.
27 Then after he had taken the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”
28 Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.
29 Some thought that, because Judas had the moneybag, Jesus was telling him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor.
30 So, after receiving the morsel of bread, he immediately went out. And it was night.

A New Commandment

31 When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him.
32 If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.
33 Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me, and just as I said to the Jews, so now I also say to you, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’

this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?”Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.”
37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.
    There have been many times I have had people visiting and we have sat down at a restaurant and one of my guys would see me and come in and I would just invite them to eat with us. My other guest would become very uncomfortable and would later ask: “Why did you invite that dirty kid to eat with us?” My answer is the same whether they be homeless, old, young, black, white, red, blue–they are all Christ to me.
    At the table in our Scripture today Jesus has  a mixed group of people, one of which would soon betray him, and the others walk away from him. The same it is with all of us–when the chips are down for us, most people in our lives will walk away, which I know from a personal perspective..
    So I wonder if not the real  proof of our faith is whom we are willing to sit with at table. For the people we eat with becomes  our traveling companions, and in this world we are all travelers.
    We live out welcoming and being welcomed at our own table–be it on the street or  in our own homes–how many of us have relatives we no longer talk to? How many of us will not sit with those who differ with us politically, or because of race or creed? How many of us are simply afraid to reach out?
    The way of Jesus offers us a chance for conversion and growth. We will soon hear the story of Jesus eating with his flawed as well as washing their feet. Paradox at its best. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!
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