Wash Your Hands
How often in the day do you wash your hands? Since Covid started, probably quite often. I have 2 little ones at home as well, so with Covid and all of the messes that are made, the hand washing is never ending. Sometimes you wonder 'why bother, I'm just going to have to wash them again later'. Not really the point thought right? We wash our hands to be clean, to renew ourselves and be ready for the next task, a fresh, clean start, before we make a mess again. God washes us clean in Baptism, welcoming us into His family in faith. The best part in this is that you are only Baptized once, and will forever be a part of His family. In order to stay clean spiritually, it is important to be washed clean of our sins, through the gift of confession and seeking God's forgiveness. Just as we clean our hands and bodies as we get dirty in the day, it is even more important to ensure that we continue to cleanse our soul and seek God's forgiveness when we fall prey to sin. Consider when the last time was that you had a good spiritual cleaning an take some time to seek confession.
Today's Gospel states: "Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded. He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to him, 'Lord, do you wash my feet?' Jesus answered him, 'What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand.' Peter said to him, 'You shall never wash my feet.' Jesus answered him, 'If I do not wash you, you have no part in me.' Simon Peter said to him, 'Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!' Jesus said to him, 'He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but he is clean all over; and you are clean, but not every one of you.' For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, 'You are not all clean.' When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, 'Do you know what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you" (John 13:1-15).
In today's reading, Jesus washes the feet of the disciples. He tells them that they are only one with him if they allow him to wash their feet. This would be such a challenge, to allow your Lord to see and wash your dirty feet. Yet, Jesus welcomes the opportunity. He shows us that only through allowing him to clean them will they really trust and have hope in him. This shows us the importance of Baptism, as well as confession. Through Baptism, we are cleansed of Original Sin, being welcomed into the family of faith. Through confession, we continue to renew and cleanse our soul by asking forgiveness. Think of it as a routine bath or foot washing of the soul. Have you taken time to asked God to help make you clean?
Today we pray:
Thank You for the love that You show us on a regular basis. Thank You for the gift of Baptism and for the opportunity to seek forgiveness through confession. Help me to seek You continuously. I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.