“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done for you.” – John 13: 14-15
Maundy, the practice of feet washing, began as a hospitality custom in ancient civilizations, especially where sandals were the chief footwear. A host would provide water for guests to wash their feet, often providing a servant to do the washing, which was considered a very lowly job, even for servants.
Jesus thus used feet washing as an example of humility, and being a servant to each other.
The practice has continued through the centuries to the present day, where it is most often part of a Maundy Thursday service, reminding us of Jesus’s admonition to be humble servants.
And we know that not just on Maundy Thursday, but throughout the year, there are plenty of opportunities to be humble servants, in our community and in our church. In fact, you can probably think of a lot of ways right now.
Prayer: Lord, help us always to remember the symbolism of feet washing, and help us to be humble servants to all. Amen.