Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lent: Washing of Feet: A Community of Compassion

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Washing someone's feet is a traditional sign of hospitality in some ancient civilizations, particularly in areas like the Middle East, where people wore sandals.  Even in those occasions where people wore shoes, the water was offered as a courtesy.  The practice is mentioned several times in the Bible, including Genesis, 1 Samuel, and Timothy.

Here at home, the Albuquerque Rescue Mission has invited members of the local homeless community to have their feet washed on Saturday, March 27.  But that's not all. The treatment during this event begins with a warm soaking of their feet, followed by lotion and a new pair of socks. It also provides examinations and basic health care for the homeless and a nutritious meal to follow.
Washing the feet of the homeless is done for two reasons: it is something that Jesus Christ would do; it is something that Jesus Christ DID do. After that, Jesus poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13:5  

Many who are homeless and on the streets seldom have normal loving human contact. This outreach of foot washing with podiatric care is a way of inviting the homeless to learn about the Missions services, including the New Life Program for men and women which gives them the ability to get off the streets permanently. 
-Albuquerque Rescue Mission

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