WASHING ONE ANOTHER’S FEET (Holy & Great Thursday)

“…If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” (Jn 13:15-17)

On this Holy and Great Thursday, as I travel to Thessaloniki to spend Pascha with my “little” brother, I’m carrying this promise with me: “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” You are “blessed,” He says, – you will be happy, if you stop trying to outdo one another, or to be first, or more influential, more powerful, successful, or better, – however you understand those words. Stop, and don’t be afraid to serve. See how you can help one another’s “feet” be “washed” and ready to go. In other words, help others move forward, rather than discourage and criticize and knock down. Free yourselves of the burdens of a competitive, comparative life, and join Me.

Lord, help us to help one another, that we may be happy, with a new happiness and a new freedom, in You.