Daily Lectionary Readings for Year A
Netilat Yadayim, the ritual of Jewish hand washing. Netilat Yadayim is a time to pause and give thanks to God before eating. This hand washing wasn't meant to kill a virus but to keep gratitude alive. Three pours of water over each hand. Slow down. Reflect. Remember. Rejoice.
"Blessed are you, Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has sanctified us with your commandments and commanded us regarding hand washing."
The Elders must have been shocked when the followers of Jesus skipped this ritual and went right into eating their food. What about Netilat Yadayim? Wouldn't God be offended if we didn't take a moment to give thanks? Would we be doing something wrong if we didn't do everything the way it was always done?
Jesus knew the laws, commandments, and rituals of the faith. What are some reasons you might imagine Jesus allowed his disciples to skip the blessing, the Netilat Yadayim? What are some traditions today that Jesus might break and cause us to wonder what is happening? Lots of questions and room for reflection. Take some time to give someone a call and share your thoughts together.
PS: Wash your hands.