One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when the woman washes Jesus’s feet with her tears and is told, “Because you believed, you are saved from your sins. Go in peace.” (Luke 7:50). Imagine being greeted by the Father of All Creation and having nothing to offer but your tears for water and your hair for a towel.
Today is Holy Thursday, the day of the Last Supper, when Jesus first broke the bread and gave the wine. On Holy Thursday, Jesus also washed the feet of His Disciples, preparing them to go out into a world where he wouldn’t be physically present and preach His Word. I think of this gesture a lot. A year ago today, I had my feet washed at Mass and was surprised at how vulnerable I felt in that moment. It is such a simple and humbling gesture. When the woman washed His feet, it was a symbol of her Faith. When I had my feet washed, it felt like one more step in the path toward God, two days before I would stand in front of everyone at Manning and be Confirmed. It felt vulnerable because I was used to serving other people, but thinking about Father Albert, someone who is considered an authority figure, literally below me, was jarring and uncomfortable. I felt too Seen, a reminder that you can hide nothing from God. I can only imagine what it was like for Jesus, to see someone become a believer at His feet.
I now serve as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist. It is awe-inspiring to witness people take the Body and the Blood, because it is a glimpse into their personal relationship with God. Today reminds me that He sees us in all of our little acts, and makes me wonder what I can do to be more receptive to Him in my daily life, rather than just at Mass. Especially now that Mass seems more distant, separated from me by a screen. I know, however, that as I grow in my Faith and toward God, He has saved me from my sins. And I can go in peace.
Marie-Anne Barrón is a sophomore concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience & Education Studies and sent us this post from Houston, TX.