Most of our rites for footwashing reinforce clericalism, rather than the mutual submission and service commanded by Jesus.
We come to one person, and we basically are asking them to give us what once an entire village used to provide.
For the Augustinian Friars, a religious order founded in the thirteenth century, the grace and transforming love of God begins with God and extends from God to humanity, rather than humanity building a ladder, a route that ends only back with humanity and false idols.
In the fall, Calvin Lane wrote on the search process in clergy transitions. This follow up post explores the practical details involved in ending pastoral relationships and beginning new ones.
Pastors come and pastors go. I am in the middle of that at this moment, an experience that many of us have had on either side of the pulpit.
A simple question. Does Jesus have Mary’s eyes? Does he have her smile? Does he have that same odd expression she makes when she can’t quite get the jelly jar open? Jesus, Son of God and son of Mary, likely did and does look like his mother. What does that, something so simple and so familiar and so quotidian, mean for us?