Holy Thursday Foot Washing Flashbacks ...
Pedicure. That was my first thought when Fr. Mike asked our family to participate in that year’s Holy Thursday Liturgy. He was calling to invite us to have our feet washed, citing our service to the church that year, as one of the reasons we came to mind. While we had been attending Mass for a few years, this was actually to be my first Holy Thursday Liturgy. Although not a convert, the Triduum (3 days leading into Easter Sunday) services had never been a part of my family’s activities growing up. I am embarrassed to say, my only knowledge of the Holy Thursday Liturgy was the priest performing a foot washing of twelve people (to represent Jesus washing the feet of the twelve Apostles). So, it was no surprise my first thought was … pedicure.
My ignorance was truly bliss, because when I finally got seated facing the large congregation, and kicked off my flip flop (I certainly didn’t want my foot to get sweaty or stinky in a shoe), my honor of being asked turned to anxiety. My heart had yet to be touched by Jesus, and my Mass attendance was quite honestly all about me and appearances. At that moment, I was not attuned to the powerful significance of reenacting Jesus’ humble act of bending down to wash the Apostles feet. His profound message of do as I do, so must you go forth and do to others, meant nothing. I beamed with pride at my cute little family, perfectly attired and my toes perfectly painted. Hoping all those eyes on us saw that polished picture I was trying to project. Sadly, that was all I took away from that experience.
Fast-forward just five years and everything has changed. My life had been completely transformed by a simple invitation ... READ ENTIRE POST HERE... on the New Evangelizers website.
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