David danced before the Lord with all his might
~2 Samuel 6:14
It wasn’t that [Jacobo] refused to bow to the lust for power; he refused to bow to nonmeaning. He somehow knew that, fragile as our existence may be…there is nevertheless something that has more meaning than the rest
To practice religion is to engage with questions of ultimate power and purpose. The gospel text finds us at a dinner party deep in the inner circles of power. Politicians, military brass, community brokers who have come to this table by virtue of many bartered choices that both empower and now constrain them. Choices have consequences. Some heads are going to roll.
Mark contrasts this supper with others that play a different tune and create a different kind of dance all-together.
As we welcome new leaders this Sunday into our always-expanding inner circles, the question of what choices make for the kind of life together we crave, the kind that represents the freedom of a kindom not of this world, but very much in it is very much on the table. Come and dance with us!
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