Day 38 Devotional & Discussion – April 2, 2014

Philippians 2:5-8; John 13:1-17

The disciples often argued about which among them was the greatest. What criteria are used by the world to measure greatness or success? How does Jesus measure greatness? Be honest; are there any jobs that you feel are “beneath” you? What “outer clothing” do you need to remove so you can take up a towel and basin? Whose feet do you need to wash?

On This Day….  Worker Justice during Holy Week.

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  1. As I was reading the Scriptures today, I really hit me that Jesus was subverting the hierarchical social structure of his society. “You call me Teacher and Lord and you are right.” We use titles (CEO, CFO) and clothing (white collar, suits, power ties) to identify where people stand in the occupational hierarchy. Yet, Jesus takes off his clothing and the role his title conveys and puts on a blue collar. “If I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet….” I don’t believe Jesus is telling us to do an annual foot-washing service on Maundy Thursday, but to subvert the hierarchy. His command to wash one another’s feet mirrors his command to ‘love one another.’ Washing feet isn’t something we are supposed to do with our Christian brothers and sisters in the safety and privacy of our upper rooms. We are to wash the feet of those who are “beneath us” on the social hierarchy and subvert the system that honors some and degrades many more.

    Today, I think of all the people who will be on their feet all day–nurses, CNAs, teachers, childcare workers, wait staff and bus boys, dish washers, cashiers, those who stock shelves, car wash workers–most of them low-wage earners. I think of all the people who do the dirty work and get little respect–farmers, auto mechanics, plumbers, custodians. I think of Michael who has been unemployed for years and will be on his feet all day at the bottom of the expressway ramp to get a few coins to feed himself. These are the people Jesus is telling me to serve. Will I listen?

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