Judas was initially a trusted member of Jesus’ disciples. He was given responsibility for keeping the funds and paying the bills. Later, it was discovered that he embezzled some of the funds. Jesus also knew that Judas would ultimately betray him to the authorities. Yet, in this scene just prior to Jesus’ arrest, Jesus washes Judas’ feet! Jesus recognized that Judas was not “clean”, but it did not stop Jesus from serving him. How do you think Judas felt about having Jesus wash his feet?
Jesus told his disciples that he was giving them an example and that they should do what Jesus had done for them. Do you think people that are not “clean” are to be included when we “wash people’s feet”? What makes that especially challenging for you? Which criminals would you have the most difficulty including in your “foot washing” activities? Murderers? Sex offenders? Why?