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Recognizing the Divine in the Other

Our God given dignity makes us all equal in the eyes of God no matter what social order we may seek to enforce. Whenever we decide on who is more or less important (such as seating arrangements at a meal or the final banquet Luke 14:1, 7-14) we are making visible our judgements. Jesus often takes our assumptions and assessments and turns them upside down and inside out. You would think we would learn not to be so insistent on who can sit where and who can eat with whom but we seem just to recycle our prejudices from one scenario to another, myself included. Certainly the church seems to be very distracted at this moment in history with declaring who is in and who is out. I cannot help but imagine we have got it very wrong.