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Jesus’ washing of the feet of his disciples teaches us that loving service is shown in the simplest acts of daily life: preparing meals, showing hospitality, cleaning up. “A servant is not greater than his master,” says Jesus (John 13:16). As his disciples, our view of those around us, including people with dirty feet (not to mention those who wish us ill), can be transformed to the way Jesus sees things. Our task is to serve them by following in his steps. In doing this, we can change people’s perception of the church and of Christians. By following Jesus we unmask the church that is rich and oppressive, allied with the powerful and the power of their weapons, and reveal a community of simple servants who are bearers of God’s tenderness.

The washing of feet announces a new reality.