Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God, got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him” (John 13: 3-5)

The grocery store is my only outing each week. I prepare to enter space where other people are. I put on my latex gloves and position my face mask. I look around to see if anyone is close to me. I have my list so I can get in and out quickly. When I am ready to check out, I stay behind the yellow strip on the floor. I scan my own customer card for the cashier. I look through the Plexiglas screen while my groceries are checked. Then I insert my card into the machine, take my groceries, and head home. Once there, I wipe down everything before putting the groceries away. All in a day’s routine!!!

But something was different this week. This time there was a washing.

When I walked in, a clerk sprayed each grocery cart as it came back into the store. Then she wiped the handle carefully. When the cart was sanitized, she put it in a line of other prepared carts. When I went in, she pointed to the carts and said, “This one is prepared for you.”

“So if I your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet” (John 13: 14)

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