I’m going to a foot-washing tonight. Now before you say “oooo, yuck,” you should know that it’s fully biblical, with long roots in the tradition. Many Christians include a foot-washing ceremony as part of their Maundy Thursday service. Indeed, one of the most radical acts Jesus performed on the night before his arrest was to wash the feet of his disciples (and you know those sandalled feet were good and dirty!). After doing so, Jesus makes his intent clear. In John 13:1-15, he says: “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”
So I am going to a foot-washing tonight, to have my feet washed and to wash another’s in return. Whose feet might you wash this day in response to the One who knelt down and washed ours?