He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. (John 14:4-5)
On Holy Thursday, I watched our bishop wash the feet of twelve individuals, just as Jesus washed the feet of his disciples on the night he was betrayed. Regardless of status or stature, a person washing the feet of another looks humbled. The shoulders are hunched, the back is bent, and the person doing the washing is on their knees on the bare ground, a position of complete humility.
It is springtime, and weddings are aplenty. One of the traditions performed at many weddings is the garter toss…One such event happened at the wedding of a couple I knew in college. Matt and Julie married last week, and when the time came for the garter to be removed, Matt did something unexpected. As Julie sat in her chair, Matt approached her with a water basin and a towel. With perfect tenderness, he humbled himself and made a beautiful gesture of his service to her.
As husbands and the spiritual head of our households, we are called by Christ to imitate the same dedication of service to our wives. Service doesn’t simply mean helping out, but means humbling ourselves, putting our wives before us always, and heroically attending to her needs.
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Perkins
Wow! I would do this for my bride. Such a romantic gesture (in both a Chestertonian sense and in a Catholic Hallmark sense) is a powerful sign of Christ’s total self-giving which we see in the cross and of His madatum novum that He gave to the Apostles at the Last Supper.
This article and picture reminded me of my friends’ wedding last year. I believe for the Offertory Hymn they chose Servant Song whose lyrics are like a dialogue of love between friends:
Will you let me be your servant?
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.