Lenten Meditation: Wash Me

Christ Washing Peter's Feet by Ford Madox Brown

Psalm 51: 7

Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;  wash me.

It had to have been mortifying.  The Master, with a towel wrapped around His waist like a slave,  kneeling to wash His disciples’ dirty smelly feet covered with the dust of Jerusalem.  Though Peter protested, he was rebuked to submit, to comprehend the symbolism of the act.

It was this reversal that carried Him to the cross, the ultimate cleansing coming not just from His hands, but from His wounds, from His suffering, from His blood.

So He continues to wash off our everyday grime and gently, tenderly wipes us clean, knowing, realizing we will only get soiled again.

What wondrous love is this?

4 thoughts on “Lenten Meditation: Wash Me

  1. There’s a wonderful old song I used to sing in church:

    If the seas with ink were filled
    And the sky of parchment made,
    Were every reed on earth a quill
    And every man a scribe by trade,
    To write the Love Of God above
    Would drain the ocean dry,
    Nor could the scroll contain the whole
    Though stretched from sky to sky.

    My voice changed and it was no longer cute for me to sing off pitch, so I quit getting asked to sing, but the song is etched deep in my heart. And I believe it.


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