So when he had washed their feet
and put his garments back on and reclined at table again,
he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you?
You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am.
If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet,
you ought to wash one another’s feet.
I have given you a model to follow,
so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” John 13:12-15
Holy Thursday is a reminder of the Last Supper. Jesus served others until His last day. After performing what is the first Mass, He washed the dirty, tired feet of His friends. He encouraged and urged them to serve others. As Christians we are all called to serve others, even those who we know have done or may do wrong (Jesus washed Judas’s feet!). I sometimes tell myself that I’m not serving others as I should, then I remember that my children and husband are my “others” in this season of my life. God knows that is my current purpose.
Photo Courtesy of Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland – Bishop Robert Deeley washing the feet of a parishioner.