April 2, 2015
Every action of Jesus is deliberate and meaningful. He rises from table, removes his outer garment and washes His disciples’ feet. He consciously performs the task of a slave.
Jesus is not a victim. He deliberately assumes the lowest servant-disposition, a disposition that he carries through and fully actualizes in death. What can make a person do this? What can make God Himself do this?
We’ve heard of the story of a man who spent some time observing nuns working in a leprosarium. As he watched a nun tenderly wash the leprous sores of a patient, he remarked: “I wouldn’t do that for a million dollars!” To which the nun promptly but quietly answered: “Neither would I…”
Only love can do such things. The kind of love Jesus concretely manifested in the washing of the feet – a reflection of the greater “washing” that happens in His passion and death. Through His suffering and death, He washed away our sins.
He asks us to show nothing less. (Sr. Lordes Anne, SSpS Bible Diary 2002)