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The washing of the feet

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At the Last Supper Jesus was very much con­cerned with our relationship with him and with one another. St. John tells about the washing of the feet. The humility of Jesus performs this service for us in his sacraments and through us in our daily lives together. He said: “...no slave is greater than his master; no messenger outranks the one who sent him...” (Jn 13). Therefore we too are called to wash feet on a daily basis.

We are also called to let our feet be washed not only by Jesus but also by other persons. The members of a Christian community depend upon one another. This is a healthy dependence because it engenders humility.

Jesus said: “The man who has bathed has no need to wash, except for his feet....” As Jesus washes our feet his lack of any self-interest frees us from prideful, hateful, self-serving ways. All of us continue to need the washing of our feet.

Prayer:

Lord, cleanse not only my feet but my head and hands as well. Keep my thinking and my actions in harmony with you. Let this day be a day of loving service because you chose to serve.


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