Jesus rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” Jesus said to him, “Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over… So when he had washed their feet and put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.”
John 13: 1-15
Often our actions speak louder than our words. Jesus did not just speak about servant leadership, Jesus was the ultimate servant leader. With his betrayal and crucifixion looming over him Jesus takes time during the last supper to wash the feet of his disciples; a very dirty job usually reserved for the servants. If Jesus can do that, what excuse do we have for not serving people in need?
Fr. Kevin was fond of asking us “how have you seen Jesus today?” Perhaps we should also make a habit of asking ourselves, “how have you been Jesus today?”