By: Bernadette Parrott
Welcome to our Faith Renewal Series that is exploring The ABCs of Being Catholic. We are invited on a journey through the alphabet to explore Catholic terms, beliefs, and traditions. In this post we focus on the letter “W”.
Washing of the Feet
August 23, 2021
Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you can have no inheritance with me.”
In John 13:7 Jesus says to his apostles, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.”
Let’s put ourselves again into the story. Jesus has gathered with his disciples for the Last Supper. He would have been served and treated as the “master and teacher” – but yet, he shows his disciples the humility that they must now clothe themselves with as he prepares to leave them; as they prepare to take on His mission. They are now being called to charity. They are now being called to service – service, humility and charity, to all peoples. We too are being called to the same service, to act in humility, to act with charity.
This action of the washing of the feet, is re-enacted every year on Holy Thursday, during the Liturgy of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.
Will you have the courage to volunteer to have your feet washed by the servant of God sent to us?