“…Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded. He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to him, ‘Lord, do you wash my feet?’ Jesus answered him, ‘What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand.’ Peter said to him, ‘You shall never wash my feet.’ Jesus answered him, ‘If I do not wash you, you have no part in me.’ Simon Peter said to him, ‘Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!’” (Jn 13: 3-9)
It is indeed awkward, having Christ Himself, girded with a towel, kneel and wash our feet, – isn’t it? At least I think so. Because I tend to forget, as Peter did in the moment, that it is He, not I, Who first and foremost serves me and cares for me, so that I can walk, with “washed feet,” to His end, in His kind of usefulness to myself and others. If I let Him do this.
Today let me let Him love me to His “end,” as it says in the beginning of the above-quoted chapter: He “loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end (εἰς τέλος)” (Jn 13: 1). Let me receive the abundant love, help, and ministry He has on offer in His One Body, which continues to serve me, so that I may serve, those who are “in the world.” This morning I open up to His help in prayer, and am willing to receive whatever help I need from others, that “not my feet only” may be washed, “but also my hands and my head.” O Lord, may I walk, and act, and think as You did, today. Glory be to You.