Pope Francis Breaks Good Friday Tradition

A lot of traditional Catholics are not having a good Friday on Good Friday.

Pope Francis today broke with centuries of tradition and instead of washing the feet of 12 men to remember Jesus’ washing of the disciple’s feet, he washed the feet of women and non-Christians.

“Jesus made a gesture, a job, the service of a slave, a servant,” The Pope said. “And he leaves this inheritance to us: We need to be servants to one another.”

The Pope visited a center for the disabled and elderly in Rome to conduct the ritual.  Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen people with swollen and disfigured feet, many of whom were in wheelchairs.

The Vatican said that they did not vet the people being served about their religious beliefs although they confirmed an Italian newspaper report that four women and one Muslim man were part of those the Pope served.

The Pope reminded people listening to a Thursday address at the Vatican that this season was more than just Jesus’ resurrection but also to remember the ultimate act of service that Christ performed for us.

Foot Washing – Ultimate Act of Love, Service and Humility

When I was a new Christian and a student in Master’s Commission, I remember when the leaders washed our feet.  I was so uncomfortable, but I knew I had read it somewhere in the Bible.

In John 13:1–17, the Bible mentions Jesus performing this act. Specifically, in verses 13:14–17, He instructs them, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you.  Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.  If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” Continue reading