– I had a friend who never went barefoot although we spent many 4th of Julys at the beach. She also forbade flip flops in her presence.
– I know people who will get a pedi today on the off chance someone will try to wash their feet tonight.
– I know a church who kicked and screamed about including a foot washing on Maundy Thursday because it was “too Catholic” or “too embarrassing.” They finally allowed the washing of children’s feet because “they are too young to be self-conscious.”
What is it about feet?
Do feet themselves make us uncomfortable as a body part? Are they so easily hidden under socks that we neglect them and we are ashamed? Do we want to keep the horrible secret to ourselves that our feet sweat a lot or have warts?
Pretty feet don’t come naturally at a certain age and rubbing someone’s feet is an act of intimacy and humility. It would be less intimate to rub someone’s back or brush their hair, or even tell them they have spinach in their teeth.
Maybe we just don’t want someone to look at our feet, much less touch them. In public.
But this is what Jesus did. Take away the cultural differences, and I still find this extraordinary.