Holy Thursday

My feet
are a different color
a different gender
were born in a different country
believe in a different god

My feet
are barred from equal opportunity
live in fear of hate crimes
are homeless
are burned from chemical warfare
are lonely

My feet
carry the burden of having killed the innocent in wartime
are angry
are under employed
are banished from human rights

My feet
have stood in the lines of many soup kitchens
are scarred from violence and abuse
carry the weight of addiction

My feet
stand their ground
have run in fear

Have you washed these feet?

Do you understand what I have done for you? You address me as "teacher," and fitting enough, for that is what I am. If I have washed your feet - I who am teacher - then you must wash each other's feet. What I did was to give you an example. As I have done, so you must do. (John 13)