Jesus shows us what it means to love — to wash each other’s feet. I remember having my feet washed at Saint Lawrence Church by Fr. Charlie Ranges. After washing and drying my feet, he kissed my left foot. It was a humbling experience for me. I was reminded that the words, the actions, the lifestyle choices, the ministry and the words of Jesus make it clear where the Gospel is learned — on our knees in prayer and in service to one another. The special appreciation of the kingdom of God is from the bottom of society. The founders of religious life were always women and men who either have never lost or somehow rediscovered that perspective. On their knees, they knew what questions to ask, what issues to ignore, and where true power, security and holiness were to be found.
Almighty God, on this holy night, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. Help us always to follow His example of love and service. We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
Very Rev. Michael Cronogue, S.S.E., Superior General of the Society of St. Edmund
First Reading: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Gospel: John 13:1-15
Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website