Daily Reflection
From a Creighton Student's Perspective
of Creighton University's Online Ministries

April 9th, 2009

Margaret McGlynn

Junior, Biochemistry


Ex 12:1-8, 11-14
Ps 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18
1 Cor 11:23-26
Jn 13:1-15

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Would you let Jesus wash your feet? The image of Jesus, the son of God and the savior of the world, washing the feet of his apostles is lasting. Jesus knew he would die for them and for us a day later, yet he still washed their feet. He washed the feet of Peter, the apostle he knew would deny him three times and the feet of Judas, the apostle who would hand him over to be killed.

He instructed us to do the same. The act of washing feet is an act of both humility and love. If Jesus was willing to wash feet, we should be too. We should be willing to wash the feet of everyone. In the eyes of God, we should not consider ourselves too worthy to serve anyone. We are called to be humble among all circles of people. If Jesus, the Savior of the world, is not above washing feet, we shouldn't be either.

Jesus' act had a symbolic meaning as well. When he says, "Whoever has bathed has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over…" He is referring to sin. We were cleansed by the waters of baptism. All original sin was washed away. Unfortunately, due to our human nature, we fall into sin again, but this sin is different and can be cleansed with repentance.

So would you let Jesus wash your feet? Jesus says it is essential such cleansing occurs before you gain eternal life. Would you wash the feet of others? Jesus also instructs us to "wash" the feet of others, to love and serve as He did.

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