By: Maggie Leonard
John 13:1-17, 31b-35
Reflection—v. 5, ‘…and began to wash the disciples’ feet…’
It takes humility to allow someone you respect to wash your feet. It takes humility to get on your knees and wash someone else’s feet. All around, foot washing can be pretty uncomfortable. Early on at Mercy, Chad tried to have a foot washing service, and as he tells it, it was the first—and only—time that the whole room cleared out while we were still open. Since then, we have had beautiful foot washing services during Holy Week with self-selected participation. We who walk the streets and have few opportunities for bathing probably have feet that look a lot like those of the disciples. We have dried skin, in-grown toenails, sock lint galore, blisters, and swollen ankles. Bearing more skin, we put our vulnerability on display. Sometimes a foot washing is just the first step; epsom salt baths and trimming nails might follow. Like foot washing, when we serve one another it ought not be superficial. May our raw need be both visible and helped because we are willing to serve each other.
Prayer Jesus, help me to wash the feet of my sisters and brothers.