WEEK 1: Jesus had one day left on earth and He…washed feet

Pope washes feet of inmates at Rome prison – Italy

I recently received a WhatsApp message on a Sunday school group that I belong to – our youth worker likes to send encouraging snippets or food for thought, to us group mentors on a weekly basis. This particular message was a quote which read: “Sometimes I joke about what I’d do if I had one day left to live. Eat whatever I want to, do something crazy, etc. Today it hit me: Jesus knew. …and He washed feet”.

Being sceptical about such quotes, I immediately did some research online, just to confirm the details for myself…and yes, Jesus indeed washed the feet of His disciples the night before the day of his trials and crucifixion – at the last supper (John 13: 1-12). To me it’s amazing to think that Jesus, amidst the anxiety and turmoil in His heart knowing what lay ahead of Him, chose to serve His disciples in such an intimate way. But, the washing of their feet wasn’t enough for Jesus, after this He withdrew to a quiet place and prayed for His disciples (John 17: 1-26). It becomes clear that Jesus REALLY cared for His disciples and that His ministry legacy REALLY mattered to Him.

The following questions come to mind: Do I REALLY love my neighbour? Does my legacy REALLY matter to me? To what extent am I willing to serve my neighbour, even in my hour of turmoil?

In the coming weeks, I’ll spend some time on the theme: LOVE, and why it matters. A key scripture for me on love is Matt 22: 37-39 where Jesus says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbour as yourself.”