Chapter 35Where has foot washing gone in the Christian tradition? From conversations I've had with people from traditions that preserve the practice, foot washing is often more discussed than observed. And when observed it might be annually.
1The brothers should serve one another...2for such service increases reward and fosters love...7On Saturday the brother who is completing his work will do the washing. 8He is to wash the towels which the brothers use to wipe their hands and feet. 9Both the one who is ending his service and the one who is about to begin are to wash the feet of everyone.
So I wonder, what would happen if this practice was recovered and/or practiced with more frequency in our churches?
Here's the deal. We all know that liturgy is formative. Think of how formative the regular and liturgical practice of washing feet would be. How would it form our hearts and imaginations? How would it form how we view our bodies? How would it form our relationships with those in the church? How might it, in fact, cause us to rethink the very nature of worship?
And then think about how all that formation is not happening. And then ponder that loss.