Here is today’s Old Testament reading, from Isaiah: ‘For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it’.

This reading always recalls this passage from St John’s Gospel (which is not set for today): ‘Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel. Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded’.

Jesus, the Word of God, has come from God and is going back to God; and at this point He shows His extreme humility, by washing His disciples’ feet. In His humility, He washes our feet too, spiritually, and whenever it is that, through the kindness of others, we are ministered to. Perhaps we find this difficult to accept? We will want to learn how to receive graciously, gladly, and humbly.

May God bless you, this day and every day.