Awkward Social Encounters: A Recommendation

by Meridith Owensby I’ve been thinking about Jesus lately, about how lame and awkward his many shared meals must have been. How excited was Zacchaeus’ family to host the whole roaming band after Jesus announced they were coming to dinner? What did they discuss since their previous encounter had been tree-related? Not exactly the finest meet-cute. Or how about the jostling for position, to sit literally or figuratively on Jesus’ right? How embarrassing to have James and John’s mom show up (their MOM!) and ask for their promotion. You know everyone laughed at them while simultaneously thinking that they were