Gospel Mt 23:1-12
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry and lay them on people's shoulders, but they will not lift a finger to move them. All their works are performed to be seen. They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels. They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues, greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation 'Rabbi.' As for you, do not be called 'Rabbi.' You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called 'Master'; you have but one master, the Christ. The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."
Life holds many opportunities to help your neighbor, to lend a hand or donate to a worthy cause. Praying to help others is available almost any time you choose. But, have you literally washed a stranger’s feet out of a sense of service and humility? I had the opportunity to do such a thing. And in doing so, I knew if I kiss the feet after washing, I would be giving all of myself, including my heart, to honor the presence of Jesus in another. I wondered, could I kiss the feet I just washed? I don’t know of a more intimate sign of affection and service. I really didn’t think I would have the nerve to do it.
However, when the time came to wash, all I could think of was these were not the feet of a person I hardly knew. They were the feet of Jesus. The same humbled feet that were nailed to the cross for me. This was my opportunity to kiss my Lord’s feet. I lowered myself to kiss the feet of Jesus and in doing so I recognized the gift I was given from above- the gift of humility.