This Holy Week, I’ve been paying close attention to Pope Francis’ actions.
Last year on Holy Thursday the Pope washed the feet of two women and two Muslims at a juvenile detention center in Rome. Yesterday, he visited Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi, a home for the elderly and disabled. He washed the feet of 12 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities during a Lord’s Supper Mass.
What a humbling act. Washing feet. To do it, you must actually kneel before another. Last night the Pope humbled himself to become the servant.
What a great statement. Pope Francis has worked to show that it’s not what we look like on the outside that matters, but what’s within. He’s worked to treat everyone — especially non-Catholics — with respect, kindness. To show we’re all equally important.
Have you humbled yourself for another lately? For a parent, a child, a friend, a stranger?
So often we worry about what others can do for us. It’s important to think about what we can do for others. Putting yourself at the service of others is important. It reminds us why we’re here. To help one another. To give and be given love.
Jesus was called a radical because of washing feet. Our Pope has been called the same.
I’ve been thinking about the feet I wash — both literally and figuratively. Thinking about the people I humble myself to take care of. I’m going to lengthen that list.
Tell me, who do you humble yourself for?
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