The apostles were confused by the notion of their Master and Lord getting on His hands and knees to wash their feet. They were shocked and humbled by his actions. Yet, Jesus reassured them, and goes on to teach them how to emulate His actions.
“Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord – and you are right, for that is what I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you” (John 13:12-15).
These words couldn’t be more explicit. As stewards, we are called to serve others. Pope Francis recently spoke of this teaching.
“Help one another,” Pope Francis said. “This is what Jesus teaches us and this what I am doing, and doing with all my heart, because it is my duty. As a priest and a bishop, I must be at your service. But it is a duty that comes from my heart: I love it. I love this and I love to do it because that is what the Lord has taught me to do. But you too, help one another: help one another always. One another. In this way, by helping one another, we will do some good.”