Feet are a unique part of the human anatomy. They provide invaluable modes of transportation for us; in fact, I read the average person will walk around 115,000 miles in a lifetime, which is more than four times around the Earth! Feet are strong — each foot contains 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Feet are also sensitive — from a harmless tickle to a fractured toe or heel spur, which can essentially cripple a person. All this said, feet tend to get a bad rap. They are often thought of as stinky, sweaty, gnarly, and/or ashy. Hammertoe, bunions, plantar warts… eek! Because of this stigma we tend to hide our feet and are protective of them, which brings me to the reading from John.
It’s hard to imagine a more humbling act than washing another’s feet. To think of Jesus — your leader and teacher whom you love — washing your tired, sore, and dirty feet is beyond comprehension, which is exactly why the example of humility and service to others is so powerful here.
That evening the disciples were given a new commandment, “That you love one another.” In these times of uncertainty in our world, let us truly serve our neighbors and may they “know we are Christians by our love, by our Love….”