“If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you must wash each other’s feet. I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.” – John 13:14-15
ONE of my favourite scripture passages has always been the story of the washing of the feet.
I think it’s my favourite because it’s a huge challenge from Jesus.
Many times when I reflect on this passage, I’m able to find myself as the Peter figure – having Jesus washing my feet and feeling ashamed that the Master, the one I love so much, is bending to wash my dirty feet.
Then comes the invitation from Jesus, to go and wash the feet of others with the same unconditional love with which He has washed mine.
I remember a few years ago on Holy Thursday night during Mass at St Stephen’s Cathedral in Brisbane, Archbishop John Bathersby washed my feet.
This moment still remains with me as a big invitation to go and do likewise.
Yet for some reason this Lenten season, I have been looking at the feet of others while reflecting on this scripture passage.
I was struck the other day as I sat in church behind a poor woman.
She had only one shoe and it was nearly finished. And her feet were really, really dirty from walking the dusty roads.
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