Washing The Feet of Others Displays Humility

Over the past few days, I have been seeing a lot of photographs of Pope Francis washing and kissing the feet of other people–from sick children to single mothers. A post at the NC Register entitled, “Unclean” featuring one of these photos especially caught my attention. It did not only laud the Pope’s humility but looked deeper into the meaning of his actions.

The washing of others’ feet is not a very common practice among Christians nowadays, but it is actually one of Jesus’ commandments. In John 13: 14-16, He said, “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. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.”

When Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, he exemplified humility and servitude; but more importantly, he showed them how much he loved and accepted all of them despite of all of their faults. I believe our beloved Pope wants to send out this very same message. What do you think?

White Smoke! Habemus Papam!

Habemus Papam! After only a little more than a day, a plume of white smoke has been spotted above the Vatican, signaling that a new pope has been chosen. And the new pope is 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Mario Bergoglio from Argentina, who will now be known as Pope Francis I.

Our new Pope is said to be a pope of many firsts. He is the first non-European pope of the modern era, the first from Latin America, the first Jesuit, and the first to assume the name Francis (in honor of St. Francis of Assisi). The chosen name of our new Pope is said to symbolize poverty, humility, simplicity, and rebuilding the Catholic Church.

As we welcome our new pontiff, may we always remember his first words in the balcony: “Let’s pray always for each other. Let’s pray for the whole world.”

If you want to know more about Pope Francis, you can do so here: “Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio: a profile“.