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?