If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to
wash one another’s feetdiscuss the implications of my actions. For I have given you an examplean object lesson, that you also should do just as I have done to youstudy and debate and write papers and books and sermons about. (John 13:14-15 re-mix)
But where is God in footwashing? With what hermeneutic should we approach this text? What does ‘water’ symbolize in John? What does ‘ought’ symbolize? How do we simultaneously avoid the Scylla of literalism and the Charybdis of relativism while embracing Jesus’ timely ethic of service? What does it all meeeeeaaaaan?
Good thing that the second person plural in this passage includes Judas, or there’d be no place for us in the story at all.