Jesus washing Peter’s feet, Ford Madox Brown, c.1850’s, via Wikimedia Commons
Jesus, my feet are dirty.
Come and slave for me;
pour your water into your basin
and come and wash my feet.
I am overbold, I know, in asking this,
but I dread what you threatened when you said:
‘If I do not wash your feet,
it means you have no companionship with me.’
Wash my feet, then, because I do want to have
companionship with you.
Origen, c.185—254, Alexandrian Theologian
[Jesus] poured water into a basin.
Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet,
drying them with the towel he had around him.
When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him,
“Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.”
“No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!”
Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.”