Holy Thursday 2012
Jesus knew that the Father had given him complete power; he knew that he had come from God and was going to God. So he rose from the table, took off his outer garment, and tied a towel around his waist. Then he poured some water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. John 13:3-5
This passage connects Jesus’ awareness of his complete power and union with his perfect Father to his humble act of service. Jesus could have commanded the worship that was his due. What does he do instead? He serves his imperfect followers in the most menial way possible!
I remember watching a TV show when I was a little girl. A comedian did a funny impression of Cary Grant, who was in the audience. I expected Cary Grant to cry or get angry—that’s what I would have done. As an insecure child, I couldn’t afford to have my fragile self-image challenged. An important, popular celebrity like Mr. Grant wasn’t threatened by a playful joke at his expense.
Secure people can afford not to worry about their self-image. They can perform unglamorous tasks or work behind the scenes without needing the limelight. They’re free to reach out to people without social status without worrying about their dignity. Wondering what others might think can make some of us uncomfortable with certain forms of service. If so, maybe the problem isn’t lack of humility. Maybe we don’t feel good enough about ourselves.
Prayer: Lord, may I serve in whatever way you want me to.
Reflection for sharing: How can growing in healthy self-confidence help us serve others?