Posted by: livingscripture | March 28, 2013


From the Word of the Day

“If I therefore, the Master and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet.”

             (John 13: 14)


How should we live this Word? washing feet

The one who washes the feet of the guests before a dinner is the house slave.  The Last Supper of Christ with His disciples is marked by this gesture.  The Master, the Lord performs an action unsuited to His person according to the judgment of His own disciples.  Yet, this is precisely the proper gesture for the true servant of God.  It is the gesture of the true Teacher.  It is a gesture that goes far beyond the simple act of washing feet.  It brings us to understand the purification of the person acquired through the self-sacrifice of Jesus.

For this reason, we disciples are invited to follow His example to do as He did to them.  We must perform this gesture to remember that the Teacher is the Lord, the One sent by the Father, the Savior.  This is not the only gesture of the Last Supper to do in remembrance of Him.  Even the breaking of the bread and sharing of the chalice enter into this context of the family of faithful disciples who gather around the table of the Covenant and seek to observe its commandments and, one in particular, ‘Love each other as I have loved you’.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will picture the scene of Jesus washing His disciples’ feet in my mind and let my heart be touched by His humility and love and tenderness.  I will ask Him to help me do as He did, as He inspires me to do. 

I offer You a sacrifice of thanksgiving and invoke the name of the Lord. 

The Voice of St. Augustine’s Homilies 

Christians must not disdain to do as Christ did, because when the body bends over the feet of another, even the heart ardors, or if it is already ardent, it will nourish the sentiment of humility.

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