Jesus washing Peter’s feet by Ford Madox Brown via Wikimedia Commons
O Christ, in your presence we discover who we are.
You wash our feet,
and we learn how reluctant we are to serve one another.
Even as you prepare to give yourself for the sake of the world,
we are still seeking promotions and possessions.
Our love scarcely suffices to fulfill the requirement of good manners,
and yet you invite us to eat with you at your table.
Forgive us, and help us to value your presence more dearly,
that we may find this meal to be a celebration of joy.
Ruth C. Duck, Professor of Worship in Illinois
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.