Being Humble

 Scripture: John 13:1-20
Maundy Thursday
April 2, 2015

Then he poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing. John 13:5

Many congregations have foot washing ceremonies during this week.  The church I attended in college had a foot washing ceremony where we took turns washing each other’s feet.  Of course our practice was more ceremonial than practical.  But back in Jesus day it was routine but not in the way that our ceremony portrays.   The practice of having someone else wash your feet only happened in wealthy homes where there were slaves to do it for you. Often times the host would offer the guests a basin of water to wash their own feet. 

Father Abraham welcomed visitors to his tent by saying, "Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree" in Genesis 18:4. 
The washing of feet was something you did for yourself and on occasion your host would offer you some oil to help sooth your sun scorched feet.

In the middle of the meal, Jesus was compelled to stand and get the necessary items to wash the disciples’ feet and then he does it:  like a sign act to remind them that a huge part of our call to follow comes in the form of serving one another. 
We might resist someone humbling themselves and serving us, or more likely we might resist having to humble ourselves and serve others, but we are called none-the-less.

Blessing:  May you bless others today through humble acts of service.  Amen.


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