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Gospel of John 13: 3-5, 12-17 (NIV)
3 Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4 so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel round his waist. 5 After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped round him.
12 When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. 13 “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am. 14 Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16 I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
Let us pray:
Loving God, your Son remained other-person-centred to the very end: on the cross until he “breathed his last” (Mark 15: 37). Help us to direct our thoughts away from ourselves and towards you, first and foremost, and to those whom you have sent us to serve. Enable us to be foot-washers, willingly and with love, regardless of gender, race or creed. We ask in the name of the One who died for us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.