Holy Week 2021

Washing of the Disciples Feet

Fred Yano

It is the start of the Sacred Paschal Triduum as we recall what Jesus had done at the Last Supper. This year with the ongoing pandemic, we are not able to observe the tradition of “Washing of the Disciples feet” during Holy Thursday Mass so I ponder its meaning.

While growing up, one of the things that we were supposed to do was to wash our feet before heading to bed for the night. This came back to my mind as I heard the sermon and Gospel reading that we’ve celebrated in years past especially when Jesus said,

“No one who has had a bath needs washing, such a person is clean all over.”

It was interesting that this simple instruction while we take for granted can shed meaning on the washing away of our iniquities when Peter asked,

“Lord, not only my feet, but my hands and my head as well!”

With such gesture, it was more than enough for us to share in God’s kingdom when we accept Jesus’ invitation to cleanse us from sin through Christ’s death on the Cross.

Let me end this quick reflection with Paul’s quote from the book of Isaiah on the same body part mentioned as the means to proclaim the Gospel.

“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Romans 10:15

Further Readings

Hebrews 10:1-18 Christ’s Sacrifice Once for All

Have a Blessed Holy Week 2021.