Scripture Jn 13:2-5,12-15/ Rule of Benedict 53:12-15)
Both the scripture passage and the Rule of Benedict today speak of “foot washing” – an ancient element of biblical hospitality. It is only in John’s gospel that we have Jesus washing the feet of his disciples. We are told: “Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father.” I have learned alot from the people I’ve known who knew their time of earth was limited. What they chose to do with their time was reflective of their core values. Jesus, in these last moments, chooses to wash feet. In doing so, he cleanses them and calls them, and us, to humbly care for and serve all who we encounter. Below is a link to a contemporary example of taking this practice to the streets. As you watch, pay attention to the foot washer’s face as he invites people, with his words and his cardboard sign,to have their feet washed. What do you see? What reactions can be read from the faces of those he invites? What would it take for you to say yes to someone offering this hospitality on the streets of the city?