Getting dirty

Many of us often pray for the opportunity to love others, to do charitable works, and to help the poor. But, not all of us are willing to get dirty or do the dirty work.

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus shows us how to love our neighbors:

“If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.” — John 13:14-15

Many of us often pray for the opportunity to love others, to do charitable works, and to help the poor. But, not all of us are willing to get dirty or do the dirty work. (I’m guilty of this as well.)

In a Bible commentary, I read that the act of washing someone else’s feet could not be required even of the lowliest slave. That’s why what Jesus did was significant. He was God Himself, yet He was willing to do the act that even the lowliest slave could not be required to do

And if God did the dirtiest job, how much more should we be doing acts of love and kindness — even if it means getting dirty?

Today, let us pray for the opportunity to love, to touch, to embrace our neighbors, especially the poor, even if it means getting dirty.

Let us pray that we learn to see Jesus in everyone, especially the poor.


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