WOMEN WITH A PRIESTLY JOB?

Friday, May 5, 2017

After he (Jesus) had washed their feet, had put on his robe, and had returned to the table, he said to them, ‘Do you know what I have done for you? You call me Teacher and Lord—and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example/pattern (ὑπόδειγμα), that you also should do as I have done to you…’” (Jn 13: 12-15)

 

Just yesterday I happened to read about this event, which occured on Holy Thursday at the so-called “Last Supper,” described as “the day Jesus shared the priesthood with the Apostles.” I think this is accurate, in that it describes foot-washing as one of the symbols (or “examples” or “patterns”) of Christian priesthood, as a path of humble service.

 

Here’s a provocative thought that entered my mind, as I read this: The only “other” people in the Gospels, who engaged in foot-washing, were women. There’s the sinful woman (in Luke 7: 36-50), who bathes the Lord’s feet in her tears, and the other woman (or women) in Bethany, who anointed His feet and head, in preparation for His burial (Jn 12: 1-8, cf. Mk 14: 3-9; Mt 26: 6-13). But it’s only after these “foot-washings” by women that our Lord makes “foot-washing” an example of Christian ministry, at His mystical or “last” supper.

 

So, here’s all I want to say: The “symbolism” of the Church’s priesthood, as far as the Gospels go, is not limited to males. No. Our Lord Himself chooses a symbol, foot-washing, as a symbol of priesthood, performed by certain women, not men, in the Gospels. All I’m saying, – before any of you good people get upset at me for championing female priesthood, – is that the argument for purely “male” symbolism in our rituals and liturgy – does not hold water. It’s just a thought. “Help, us, save us, have mercy on us, and keep us, O Lord, by Your grace!

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