Holy Thursday: Washing Feet

foot washing 2“During supper,
fully aware that God had put everything into his power
and that he had come from God and was returning to God,
he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.
He took a towel and tied it around his waist.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash the disciples’ feet
and dry them with the towel around his waist.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him,
‘Master, are you going to wash my feet?’
Jesus answered and said to him,
‘What I am doing, you do not understand now,
but you will understand later.’
Peter said to him, ‘You will never wash my feet.’
Jesus answered him,
‘Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.’
Simon Peter said to him,
‘Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.’

“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: 1-9, 12-15

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