“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
John 13: 1-15
This evening as we start the Easter Triduum, focusing on the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord, we can miss Jesus’ revolutionary act of leadership, that of washing his followers’ feet.
Jesus’ symbolic act of service and humility sets the standard for all leadership, not only in Church but also in the secular realm and in our own lives. As Christians we are called to wash the feet of our family members and figuratively that of all persons.
We do this by pausing in any given situation to reflect before we act and then respond with an attitude of service and humility, in our thought, word and deed.
We wash each other’s feet when we participate in household chores, help each other with school or on the job work, contribute to neighborhood upkeep and get involved in parish social action.