August 27th, 2006

moon house

CAUMC: Session 3

[This past Monday.]

I told Trelawney how my dad had picked up my tv stand for me but I was gonna have to have my roommate help me carry it up the stairs.  A little while later she asked something like "Was it nice to see your family?" and I said yes without really thinking, 'cause of course I enjoy seeing my family, but then I realized that she had thought that I had actually seen my father that day.  I explained he had just dropped it off on my porch and that if I had actually been there when he came by my tv would be in my living room now rather than on the middle of my stairs.

She asked something about how often I see my family and I said something like, "Um, never?"  Off her look, I told her I was used to getting horrified looks from people as a reaction to that, and she said it wasn't that, that she's interested in people's relationships with their families, and I tried to explain that I love my parents and get along with them really well and we definitely stay in touch, I just don't have any reason to physically see them in person.

"Yeah, not everybody gets me and Zoe at first glance."

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Chapter 2: Disciples Break Bread Together

Yoder argues re: Jesus' "Whenever you do this, do it in my memory":
The meal just before Jesus' death was in a Passover setting, but what the disciples did in his memory was not a once-a-year event.
     What Jesus must have meant, and what the record indicates his disciples took him to mean, was "whenever you have your common meal."  The meal Jesus blessed that evening and claimed as his memorial was their ordinary partaking together of food for the body.  (16, emphasis in original)
He goes on to extrapolate from this a lot, but that was the part that really stuck with me.  It seems so powerful to me.  Plus it fits with my idea that God is everywhere and that our ethics/morals/ideals should inform all that we say/do/think.  It also reminds me of that really powerful monologue of Jesus' about being everywhere, from near the end of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot [p. 101 of the paperback]:
Right now, I am in Fallujah. I am in Darfur. I am on Sixty-third and Park having dinner with Ellen Barkin and Ron Perelman . . . Right now, I'm on Lafayette and Astor waiting to hit you up for change so I can get high. I'm taking a walk through the Rose Garden with George Bush. I'm helping Donald Rumsfeld get a good night's sleep . . . I was in that cave with Osama, and on that plane with Mohammed Atta . . . And what I want you to know is that your work has barely begun. And what I want you to trust is the efficacy of divine love if practiced consciously. And what I need you to believe is that if you hate who I love, you do not know me at all. And make no mistake, "Who I Love" is every last one. I am every last one. People ask of me: Where are you? Where are you? . . . Verily I ask of you to ask yourself: Where are you? Where are you?


Okay, so back to the play-by-play.  Collapse )

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At affirmations, Trelawney said I was independent, even used the term "courageous spirit" -- which I'm sure was in reference to our conversation about my living apart from my family, but it made me laugh inside because it's so not a way I think of myself (cf. the supreme irony of my getting "fearless friend" at Tangent).