Washed Feet; Cleansed Soul


Our feet are dirty most of the time; our souls too need purifying. This is what this 40-day journey has been about–a little spring cleaning for our spiritual lives. Tonight Christian communities around the world gathered as one leader knelt before 12 ordinary folks and washed their feet. This is a great act of humility to both give and receive. We think of our feet as untouchable by others. Yet tonight globally millions of feet were tenderly caressed and blessed.

The lesson is a hard one on many levels. We must do as Jesus did. He who was greatest of all stooped low and did a menial task. Did each of the apostles feel the power of this humility and feel their hearts stop? Did Jesus know that for all of them the hardest path to walk was about to begin? Did Christ bless those feet with courage as he wiped them clean?

Our task is not to seek greatness and power. No, Christ clearly points to leadership as loving service. Jesus shows us that if we want someone to do something for us, whatever inglorious task it is, we must be more than prepared to do it ourselves. In fact, we must model how to do it. In the quiet acceptance of the duty, glory is born.

Watch Jesus over these next three days. What is it we still need to learn from this gentle Shepherd? Easter is coming but keep your eyes on the Passion as it unfolds. God has a plan and will reveal it to you. Bent in humble service tonight, we see Someone who will give us everything in total surrender for our needs. Who can be like this? The call is there for us to stay awake and watch. May we see with our own eyes what angels hope to glimpse.



About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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