Washing of the disciples feet

These scripture based activities contain a passage from the Bible for families to read and explore together. However, don’t feel limited by what’s here! There are so many other passages you could use, including choosing from the readings of the day or the readings from the Sunday mass.

One way of exploring scripture as a family is reading the passage together before a meal and then discussing it while eating. 

John 13:4-5, 13:12-15

'so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. "You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet. I have set and example that you should do as I have done for you"'.

This is a wonderful example of Jesus turning the world upside down! The one with the most importance makes himself the servant of everybody else, showing his love for them and setting them a challenge. 

  • How do you think Jesus might have felt while we was washing feet?
  • How would you have felt?
  • Washing feet was an appropriate action for Jesus’ time. What could we do today, and who for? (both inside and outside of the family!)