My Journey into the Wilderness of the Jubilee Line

I finally changed my commute to have a longer tube ride instead of fighting onto an overcrowded train that is faster, but more miserable. Could I spend even more time commuting, but make it enjoyable too?

It’s given me the chance for a proper read on the way to work and as it is Lent I am reading the Archbishop’s book “Dethroning Mammon”. At one level a simple and straightforward book, but at another level deep, profound and thought provoking – a bit like Lent itself.

The book encourages us to see things that we take for granted in a fresh and challenging light. Like how the economy works and the place of power and money in our lives. This morning I was struck by the shocking image of Jesus washing the disciples feet. Of course I know the story but the book has given me a whole new insight into quite how counter cultural the act is – both then and now. Jesus turns things upside down. Everything about power and money leads us to think somehow we need to hang on to it in a selfish way and yet Jesus provides a different view. One of power being subverted to servanthood.


The disciples are gathered for Passover in Jerusalem. This is the culmination of Christ’s ministry and a chance to say some stirring words. But Jesus actions speak louder as our Lord, leader, and creator sets an example that is shocking for both his followers and us, by kneeling down to wash the dirty, smelly feet of the disciples.

The challenge is clear, if we want to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, we too need to be prepared to humble ourselves, to take on the role of servant and be in the dirty, smelly places in order to serve others. This takes real power and courage. It’s strange how changing your routine can help you see things differently. Maybe commuting is a blessing after all.