Jesus’ dirty fingernails, most of the rest of Mark 7

The complaint was made
that Jesus did not wash his hands often enough,
and probably that was true.
He was busy enjoying his food,
washing other people feet,
and, in an action
that would gross out
even middle school boys,
he spat on his hands
and touched the tongue
of a person who could not get words out.

There is another tradition,
better exemplified by Pontius Pilate,
that is easier for us to follow.
We wash our hands
of care for our children’s earth,
protection of endangered species,
justice for trans folk,
safety for women in the workplace,
care for elders that costs
too much money and tenderness.

Jesus was not a Purell
kind of savior.
Being honest, he pointed out
the intestinal jeopardy
of dirty hands,
but also that what comes out
of a person’s heart, mouth, and life

is what is likely to make
any of us
the spitting image of God.

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6 Responses to Jesus’ dirty fingernails, most of the rest of Mark 7

  1. Darla D Ledger says:

    This is a keeper!!!! Wonderful! Love it…

  2. suekoehlerarsenault says:

    I’ve tried to click on the link to unsubscribe, but it is not an offered option.

    Please remove.

    Thank you

    On Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 3:16 AM, Gifts in Open Hands wrote:

    > Maren posted: “The complaint was made that Jesus did not wash his hands > often enough, and probably that was true. He was busy enjoying his food, > washing other people feet, and, in an action that would gross out even > middle school boys, he spat on his han” >

  3. Titia Bozuwa says:

    I particularly like this one, Maren!

  4. Valerie says:

    Very nice.

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