Summary of Phase Two (part 2)
Becoming a lowlife
Jen opens this section describing the unusual reaction of the disciples after being taught by Jesus at the Last Supper: “a dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest” (Luke 22:24). Jesus answered by referring to the rulers of that time, those consumed with status and power and who used the average people as a means of establishing themselves.
Jen quotes Richard Rohr next in his book Simplicity, saying:
Jesus’ harshest words are aimed at hypocrites, and the second harshest at the people who are primarily concerned with possessions. He says that power, prestige, and possessions are the three things that prevent us from recognizing and receiving the reign of God…The only ones who can accept the proclamation of the reign are those who have nothing to protect,, not their own self-image or their reputation, their possessions, their theology, their principles, or their certitudes. And these are called “the poor,” anawim in Hebrew.