The Scandal of Service: Jesus Washes Our Feet

novalis, 1998

In this brief meditation, Vanier ponders the many levels of meaning in Jesus' act of washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper. In this humble gesture, Vanier finds an attitude of service which Jesus wanted to pass on to his disciples. His prayer and actions from heart reveal a yearning for deep communion with friends. As servant leader, he descends the ladder, rather than ascends, making himself open and vulnerable to others. This is the opposite of society and corporate standards where one seeks to be in power and control. For Vanier, the act of foot washing is a way of following Jesus. It is a moment of graced humility, guiding us into a daily application of the true meaning of our call to Christ like service.