Here we are on Holy Thursday which in many churches is traditionally known as the last supper and a foot washing ceremony is held. I was not raised in the church nor did I witness this ceremony until I became a christian in my mid teens. I thought this was a pretty strange tradition and surely I did not want to uncover my feet for some stranger to touch them let alone wash them. It take as a lot of humility to be in this place of vulnerability. It is not a practice we see in our culture today but it was the common practice at the time of Christ. It was practiced in every household though by the hired servant to perform when anyone would enter the house.
I wonder what the disciples must have felt like to have Jesus, their teacher, the Messiah to take on this role of a servant. Remember too that it was just a few days ago that Mary of Bethany displayed the same custom with an intimate act of touching Jesus' feet with own her costly perfume and the strands of her own hair.
Settle and still yourself by whatever means you find effective to give your full attention to the stirrings within you from the presence of the Holy Spirit.
A few deep breaths to calm your body and soul may be helpful to prepare yourself.
TODAY we will be at the Lord's Supper where Jesus shows us what true servant hood really is.
As you read the passage ask the Holy Spirit to give you fresh eyes to see and ears to hear through this powerful act of Jesus as he washes the disciples feet.
Take note of where you are in the scene and what you hear spoken directly to you.
Now contemplate, (spend time gazing at) the painting below by Sieger Koder.
“Jesus washes Peter’s feet”
Holy Thursday Meditation