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.
“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
Then Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
And Lazarus came out of the tomb, still bound hand and foot with linen strips, his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus told the crowd, “untie him and let him go free”
Lazarus Come Out, by Larry Farris
Like Mary and Martha – Lazarus’ sisters – the queer community knows death. Sisters and brothers beaten, jailed, killed because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. It’s enough to handle these external threats to life, but we also have to handle the internal threats. Self-loathing, born of internalized heteronormative attitudes, erupts within many souls of our community as suicide. The statistics speak for themselves. Within the general US population the suicide attempt rate is 1.6%. Heterosexual teen suicide attempt rate is 4%. LGB teen suicide attempt rate is 20%. Transsexual suicide attempt rate is 41% (source CDC). Then there is, of course, disease, with the great plague of our times – AIDS – having swept away many friends and loved ones. Yes the queer community is accustomed to death.
To add to our sorrow are the metaphorical deaths we receive in our psyche. The rejection which comes from public detractors, the fear shown by some of our own families, the “friends” who keep reminding us that we are in the “wrong.” We react in a variety of ways. Unfortunately among them are self-hatred, alcohol and substance abuse, and other self-negating behavior that stops short of suicide yet, is just as life denying.
Like Martha and Mary we shed our tears for the great loss of life and love from our community.
via The Bible In Drag – Queering Scripture. September 19, 2013
As Jesus walked along, he saw someone who had been blind from birth. The disciples asked Jesus, “Rabbi, was it this individual’s sin that caused him the blindness or that of the parents?”
“Who sinned?” is the religious way of asking, “Who’s fault is this?” We like to know where blame lies. Once we figured out who to blame, then we know who to shame. Our passage asks who bears shame for this man’s blindness – him or his parents? Obviously, the disciples did not live in a world in which blindness “happens” as a contingency of simply being alive.
Similarly we find ourselves emerging from a worldview in which gender and sexual diversity have been considered a “fault” of some short. Who sinned that this girl is queer? What happened that this boy is transgender? Today we mask this question as scientific research. Did the individual have a childhood trauma? Did something happen in vitro? The continuing search for an “answer” to the queer “question” assumes a hetero-centric predisposition that gender and sexual diversity is not a given in life, but something abnormal to it, and therefore “caused.”
Let me note here that some in the queer community have suffered trauma. I am not looking to belittle or pass off these experiences. I just wish to point out that the search for a “cause” for homosexuality unmasks the heteronormative bias against sexual diverstity.When was the last time you heard about a search for the cause of heterosexuality? We inhabit a world in which heterosexuality simply is. It is hard to locate scientific papers, religious treaties, psychological case studies into the rise of heterosexuality. Most such works exist to underscore heterosexuality’s distinctiveness in the face of all things queer.
via The Bible In Drag – Queering Scripture. September 12, 2013
Jesus simply bent down and started tracing on the ground with his finger. When they persisted in their questioning, Jesus straightened up and said to them, “Let the person among you who is without sin throw the first stone at her.” Then he bent down again and wrote on the ground.
John 7: 6a-8
Christ Writes in the Dust by Clive Hicks-Jenkins
The couple was caught in the act of adultery. This must be understood, or what follows will not be wonderful. The couple was caught in mid act. He was humping. She was grunting. He was disappointing a wife and children. She was flaunting her sexuality.
The crowd catches the unfortunately indiscreet couple. The man, it seems, stepped out of the picture rather quickly. The sexualized woman caught in the midst of an erotic moan, is brought before Jesus for condemnation.
-continue reading at The Bible In Drag – Queering Scripture. September 5, 2013