So when Jesus had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table again and said to them, “Do you understand what I have done for you? You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly, for that is what I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example —you should do just as I have done for you. I tell you the solemn truth, the slave is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you understand these things, you will be blessed if you do them. – John 13:13-17
In today’s reflection, we look at the command of the Lord Jesus Christ to his first disciples. The Lord Jesus did an example by washing their feet, a practice that is not done by someone who is in authority, persons the society look up to, not even by kings. But Jesus Christ, did so.
This speaks of a command that being great means serving in humility, to serve one another, and not be served. The servants of God’s kingdom are to put others above more than our own interests, to view others with significance, just as how our King Jesus, in humility, decreased that we may live eternally with Him.
In today’s daily bread, we hope and pray that we will all be encouraged by the humility of Jesus Christ to relentlessly serve one another with compassion, inspired by the example of the perfect love of our Lord Jesus Christ.