Serve, wash, and feed

by Fr. Jeff

I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. –John 13:15

As the pastor knelt before the men to wash their feet, the expressions on each man changed. Removing their shoes and socks was humbling. We rarely show our feet to another. He knelt before them all and washed them all the same: young and old. Some smiled, some cried.

For me, it was an insight into the life of the priest. We serve all people the same: some in moments of rejoicing, others in moments of sadness; some are clean, others need more care. In each and every case, we try to serve as we are commanded.

Gathered around the altar, You feed them. Teach me to follow Your commands, that I may

serve, wash, and feed.