The Bible In Drag: “Taboo Crossing” (John 13:2-5)

The Devil had already convinced Judas Iscariot, begot of Simon, to betray Jesus. So during supper, Jesus – knowing that God had put all things into his own hands, and that he had come from God and was returning to God – rose from the table, took off his clothes and wrapped a towel around his waist. He then poured water into a basin to wash the disciples’ feet, and dry them with a towel that was around his waist.

John 13:2-5

 

“Jesus Washing the Feet of His Disciples” by Michal Splho

Clothes are removed. Water is poured. A solitary figure, dressed only in a towel kneels before a basin, inviting feet to be cleansed.

Charles Fillmore has a wonderful quote about feet: “The feet are the most willing and patient servants of the body. They go all the day at the bidding of the mind…” The feet are a rather busy pair, they have to be-in-step, and sometimes we even have to step-it-up. We might be accused of dragging-our-feet, or even of dancing-with-two-left-feet. But if we work hard we might get our foot-in-the door and even go toe-to-toe. For sure we don’t want to be under-foot, or worse, shoot-ourselves-in-the-foot. Certainly our feet have carried us in marches, parades, and other places of public and private displays of queer love.

With so much riding on our feet, it’s a wonder we don’t honor them more.

via The Bible In Drag – Queering Scripture.September 26, 2013

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