If I do not wash you, you can have no part with me. (John 13:8)
When Jesus’ life of preaching is coming to an end, he developed the ” washing of the feet “. Jesus was no less demanding : He himself washed the feet of his apostles. He did no ask them to confess their sins; all he wanted was that they would humbly allow him, their Lord, to wash their feet.
The poor among the Jews walked barefoot while the rest wore sandals. A traditional gesture of welcome among the Jews was to order a servant to wash the feet of the traveler. The apostles did not have servants, but that night Jesus chose to be their servant. A servant is a person who serves others.
The extraordinary act of the ” Washing of the feet ” is a teaching of the commitment of love to be put into practice. It is also a symbol of humility and service. In this act, Jesus was preparing them for the proclamation of the good news of the kingdom.
The feet of the apostles were washed clean by Jesus, the Lord himself as the prophet Isaiah said : How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who heard peace and happiness, who proclaim salvation and announce to Zion : ” Your God is king! ” (Isaiah 52:7).
Thanks be to God who opened doors for the apostles and for us too today, who always leads us in the triumphant following of Christ and, through us, spreads the knowledge of him everywhere, like an aroma.
The good act has twice the value of good advice.