The example that Jesus gives is one which is willingly mired in the misery and mess of human life, with all of its joy and dignity and all of its tragedy and sorrow. On the night before Jesus finds himself in the presence of Pontius Pilate, who held the earthly king’s power to order life or death, Jesus has been on his knees, washing the feet of his disciples, doing the work which was normally assigned to the lowest of the low.

Br. Kevin Hackett
from Brother Give Us a Word,
an online ministry of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist