“It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.”
Well the honeymoon is over.
Less than 30 days into his ministry as Pope, and Bishop of Rome, Francis has succeeded in causing ‘offense’. Offending the ‘traditionalists’ – ironically much like Jesus offended the uber-religionists of his day who strained at gnats and missed the sequoia’s in their own eyes. The ‘misguided footwashing of two females‘ is a classic case of missing the point, or seeing a tree instead of the beautiful forest. Jesus’ big idea was not ‘ordination’ or male or female priesthood. In bending and washing his disciples’ feet, on the night when he was betrayed, He modeled for them, and for us, the Gospel. Humility, obedience, compassion, sacrifice, servanthood…love. Mercy.
This is not about ‘ordaining women’, in fact it’s not about men, women, boys, or girls at all – it’s about sacrificial love. Love is serving another person, male or female, in the name of Christ who is love. Why would this humble gesture be seen for anything more than what it was: compassion?
“Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”
+ anaphora – laetare