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In His Footsteps

March 21, 2013

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“ ‘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 should do as I have done to you’ ” (John 13: 14).

For many Christians, a re-enactment of Jesus’ washing of His Apostles’ feet at the Last Supper is part of their Holy Week liturgy. There is a growing trend to re-enact that event by ministering to the feet of the homeless.

Men and women, without a roof over their heads the other 364 days of the year, have their feet soaked and scrubbed clean by volunteers from local churches. They may, also, be offered a free meal, a haircut, a shower, clean socks, and a pair of shoes. Physicians may be available to treat calluses, fungus, and open wounds.

The Miami Herald, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and JS Online were a few of the publications reporting on this Easter ritual in 2012. Clearly, the re-enactment is of interest to non-believers. Most are astounded that Christians would humble themselves, in this way.

That is as it should be.  We are to be light to the world (Matt. 5: 14).  But a ritual by itself is not enough, even one so meaningful.  To follow in His footsteps, Christians must do more on those 364 other days.

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