Ministers, priests, teachers, counselors, doctors, nurses, hospice workers, and so many others are called to serve others professionally. This statuette is then a wonderful ordination gift as well as a most fitting gift for all those who minister to the mentally ill, the spiritually bereft, the specially challenged, those suffering, and those close to death. This statuette is also a way to honor all of our idealistic young women and men who strive to “make a difference” by serving others and thereby “washing the feet of the world.”
A Solid Resin Statuette for Honoring the Service of Professionals
Measuring about 3 inches high, 5 inches wide and 2 inches deep, this resin statue is designed to stand freely in a place of prominence. Conceived and cast by a Colorado artist, the Washing the Feet Statuette acknowledges the selfless generosity and dedication of all who serve so selflessly in so many ways in so many places: schools, churches, clinics, hospitals and hospices, and in so many other places as well.
A Statuette Just for the Ordained or for All Who “Wash the Feet of the World”?
Jesus washes the feet of his disciple Peter and of his other Apostles (John 13:1-17). This story has now unexpectedly found immediacy and relevance in the actions of the “Servant of the Servants of God,” Pope Francis. On Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013, in a prison for youth in Rome, Pope Francis washed (and kissed!) the feet of two young women, one a Serbian Muslim. Some Catholics responded by arguing that the Holy Thursday rite of the washing of the feet is to be understood exclusively as a literal re-enactment: Since Jesus washed the feet of his twelve Apostles (all men) at the Last Supper as part of their ordination to the priesthood, this rite should therefore be limited exclusively to men. Is this indeed what Jesus intended? Or did Jesus intend that all Christians, lay and ordained, female and male, rich and poor, go out and “wash the feet of the entire world”? How we each of us answer these questions will determine to whom we will give this beautiful “Washing of the Feet” statuette!