Washing of the Feet

Holy Thursday has been one of the highlights of my Catholic Faith practice.

(I have written about this from last year if you d like to check it out here https://mindmuse.blog/2022/04/19/easter-triduum/

This year was different.

There were moments of joy watching our daughters perform liturgical dance while bringing the blessed oils into the sanctuary .

There were also somber moments reflecting on Jesus’ agony in the garden of Gethsemane and the last hours of his life.

Experiencing my favorite liturgy this year while grieving the loss of my earthly father opened up more spaces of vulnerability for me.

There are holes in my heart this year as I miss gathering with all of my loved ones.

Hearing our priest remind us that the oil of catechumens , oil of sacraments including the oil anointing of the sick “was blessed this morning at the cathedral by the bishop and about 125 priests”. He reminded us that the blessing of this oil is done yearly on this day, and could be used to anoint any of us members of the church in the coming year.

It is a good yet hard reminder of our human mortality and fragility.

A good reminder to live a life of love and no regret.

Tonight we wash each other’s feet just like Jesus washed his disciples.

There were so many beautiful moments just sitting to appreciate families , friends and perhaps strangers washing each other’s feet tonight. I have to give credit to our family friend who spontaneously captured these photos of our family for us during the act of feet washing… thank you Tom!

A beautiful symbolic act of love, humility and service.

We were challenged to reflect on whose feet we’ve washed or who have washed our own feet lately?

I can think of so many who have been of help and service to me in these past six months of grieving the loss of my father.

I will be forever grateful to all of those who have helped unburden me, in one or another.

Thank you.

This particular day of liturgy can be emotionally heavy. My grieving heart allowed it to weight tons more tonight.

I missed my Dad and yet grateful that he helped mold my Catholic faith – an endless gift indeed.

Attending the beginning of this year’s Easter triduum with our crew of almost all four teenagers ( 15yrs, 13yrs, 13 yrs and 12yrs) is also humbling .

This year, DH and I thought it best if we allowed each of the children to pick whose feet in our family they wanted to wash, as an act of love, humility, forgiveness, service .

I am sure you can relate that some feet are “ easier” or “ harder “to wash depending on the day.

Let’s just say that deciding whose feet one chooses to wash should allow us to be more speculative.

As a mother of four ( almost) teenagers, I don’t always feel like I’m crushing the “super mom playbook.”

Therefore, tonight with my heavy heart, I choose to wash your feet out of love ,humility and service.

As always, thank you for reading my blog and of course I welcome your comments and any shared experiences .

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** DH ( darling husband)

17 thoughts on “Washing of the Feet”

  1. I always enjoy reading your blog posts, Sis. Kele! Thank you for always pouring your heart into them. Though this year’s Easter is different for you because of the loss of your earthly father, I pray and hope it is memorable. Sending my love and prayers to you and yours!

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  2. Such a beautiful piece and perfect for this time and season . Thank you for your transparency and vulnerability in missing your Dad especially around a special holiday. Sending all my hugs , thoughts , love strength and prayers

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  3. Kelechi.. you know even our profound losses are survivable. It is what we do with that loss and our ability to transform it into a positive event that matters. Glad you’re able to pass this tradition ( from dad) to your family 😇

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  4. May Our Lord and Savior comfort your heart and soul! Hold onto God’s unchanging hand and continue to reflect on the precious memories. Happy Resurrection weekend to you, your loved ones and friends! God’s richest blessings to all of you! Love, Peace and Joy! My prayers are with you!❤️🙏🏽

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  5. These are beautiful scenes to behold. Above all, it reminds us that we are mortal and that the greatest of our exploits comes from serving humanity and making the world a better place.

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  6. It’s indeed a beautiful day in the Catholic Church and the washing of feet is truly a symbolic and reflective exercise for all us.

    Truly, washing of one another’s feet should be irrespective of the appearance of the feet on respective days that is we must try to be humble and dedicated to the service of others every day and every hour of the week not just when it’s convenient for us.

    I always say that whatever we do during Lenten Season up until Easter has shown us that we can carry on in this same practice so why stop? Why take a break till the next Lenten Season?
    When you wash the feet of someone who has wronged you and even yet to ask for forgiveness, that’s one heck of a foot 😂😂but then we must 🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️

    Our Great Iroko Tree was great at washing feet through us professional, family and private life… Let’s see every selfless action and assistance we offer to us as washing their feet….After your life on this earth, how many feet would be on our record?

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  7. That was a nice presentation @Adaeze and Amara. A nice write-up. I really admire how you manage your time to accommodate even blogging. Kudos and more grease to your elbow, Sis.


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