washed feet

To me this painting speaks volumes. It hangs in Greenstead church, which is about 1300 years old. I assume the painting is Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. If so the artist gets the race right (unlike some art in European churches) and I think he or she gets some of the expressions right too. It looks like the disciples are thinking, in almost an embarrassed way, “oh gosh He is going to wash my feet!” We know that Peter had a real problem with this and in a very Peter like way made a blustery protest—but this was to no avail because that is exactly what Jesus did—he washed their feet. Anyway, something about it just moves me and for some reason I think it is a good scene to think about today.

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