A rite is a tradition or a ceremony. At church we perform the rite of humility because it’s something Jesus did with His disciples before sharing the Lord’s Supper with them.
Do you know what the ride of humility is? In Jesus time, people wore sandals while walking on dusty roads, because there were no highways or sidewalks like the ones we have today. Roads were made out of dirt, that’s why when they entered a house, they had to wash their feet. At the entrance there was a pitcher with water, a basin and towels the servant usually used to wash guest’ feet.
That night, Jesus got up, grabbed a towel, filled a basin with water and washed all His disciples’ feet.
Why did Jesus do that? Jesus wanted to teach them a very important lesson: it’s better to serve others than to be served.
It’s better to be humble than proud. The disciples weren’t willing to wash other’s feet because they thought only servants should do that.
However, Jesus taught them that those who want to be first in the kingdom of heaven should first be everyone’s servant.
Why do we have to perform that rite? Because if we want to be like Jesus, we should do what He did.
By washing someone’s else’s feet, we humble ourselves, we ask for forgiveness if we’ve offended them and we serve them to show our love for them, like Jesus did with His disciples.
Have you ever washed someone’s feet? Why not do it today?
In your Prayer Journal, ask Jesus to help you serve others like He did.