Wednesday, 4 April 2012

God's Submission


This week, many churches re-enact the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet before the Last Supper. The priest washes the feet of 12 people representing the disciples. You can bet that the chosen 12 have ensured that their feet, (or foot, because usually one foot is washed to speed the whole procedure), are/is as clean as could be, to avoid embarrassment during the re-enactment.

At the time of Jesus, however, things were different. Streets were not as modern and clean as they are now in our towns and cities. They were dusty, muddy if it rained, and no doubt full of deposits from horses, camels and cattle. People wore sandals or even walked in bare feet.

So when they entered a house as guests washing their feet must have been an essential task rather than the symbolism it is in today’s churches. A task left to the servants to undertake.

When Jesus offered, insisted even, in washing His disciples’ feet He was teaching them, and us, a very important lesson.

Here is God Himself, born in poverty, raised in poverty, living in poverty, submitting Himself to perform a task reserved for servants.

Perhaps the disciples didn’t understand the significance of what Jesus had just done. Maybe we don’t understand it ourselves right now.

Yet, He was preparing for an even greater submission and humiliation for us.

Dying a most horrible and painful death on the Cross.

Just for us.

9 comments:

  1. Victor,

    May God bless you as we head towards the Triduum.

    I have a few posts to catch up on. Running through the blogosphere at the moment but I will return!

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  2. Hi Sue.

    Great to see you again.

    A Blessed Easter to you and yours.

    God bless.

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  3. I use His example so much in our house. If ask my child to do clean up after one of his brothers and they start to groan they didn't make that mess...reminding them of Jesus washing FEET! puts things in a better perspective!
    Happy Holy Week....Easter is coming!

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  4. Jesus washing feet! What a humble and beautiful man. He lived what he taught. Thank you.

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  5. Hello Momto8 and Beautiful Whispers,

    Jesus' humility and sacrifice should be a lesson to us all to love one another; just as He commanded.

    God bless.

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  6. Amen~
    Thank you for this reflection. :)

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  7. Thank you Amanda for your welcome visit and comment. It's much appreciated.

    God bless.

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  8. What a lovely post. I must say, I'm intrigued by your 'Feline Catastrophes'... must check it out :D

    How are you doing? It's been some time since we had a chat. Hope you are well Vic. Thank you for dropping by my blog and I want to wish you a very Happy Easter in return. Have a lovely weekend.

    Wendy x

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  9. Greetings Wendy,

    It's really great to see you visiting here after such a long time. Thank you. And thanx too for encouraging me to start this Blog and for helping me with technical stuff in those early days.

    I think, without you there would not have been a Blog here.

    I hope you enjoy the E Book "Feline Catastrophes" and my other FREE E book downloads.

    I'm doing well and hope that you and yours are keeping well and healthy too. May the Lord be with you all always and protect and bless you too.

    Happy Easter and God bless.

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