“But if I washed your feet…then you must wash each other’d feet. (John 13:14)
Why did you wash their feet? I don’t understand, it makes no sense.
Why did you do something so demeaning, so distasteful, when you did not have to?
Why humble yourself and wash the feet of your own disciples?
You are the Messiah,
it makes no sense for you, of all people, to do something that should be done by the least of all people, not by the greatest.
It is not what we want our Messiah to do. Unless…
Unless we have got it wrong and that, somehow this is a measure of what Messiah means? Not that it is defined in greatness but that somehow, in your world the first will be last, and the greatest, least and servant of all?
But if we are to follow you, does it mean that we must follow your example too? Are you suggestion that we too should make ourselves humble? That we must wsh the feet of the people whom we would rather ignore or scapegoat, or deride?
Holy one, by the power of your Spirit you anointed your only son Messiah and Lord of creation. You have given us a share in his priestly service in your church. Help us to be faithful witnesses in the world to the salvation Christ won for all humankind. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
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