I continue to be encouraged by our new Pope. Pope Francis seems to be living up to his namesake (St. Francis of Assisi) by going back to the simple roots of the church. Just like Jesus stirred up the people of his time by washing the disciples feet (what was shocking in Jesus’ time due to this being only a servant’s job), he is shocking the church by washing feet of women (even a Muslim girl). Ordinarily this done with 12 priest that represent the 12 apostles, so it is unorthodox to go into a youth prison to pick the 12 in which 2 are girls (one Catholic and one Muslim).
This gesture is quite a bold one and one that helps open our eyes to probably what Christ would do today to celebrate this religious observance. Christ calls us to do the same, to be servants That call is not just for Christian males, but of women too and of all walks of faith (in his time it was the Jews and the Gentiles).
Does this open the door to women ordination? I don’t know, but it truly shows his dedication to humility and service to all. It also gives hope that we will not be turning back to the pre-Vatican II days. I think we have a leader of the Catholic church that will be a model for all Christianity.
This Easter looks like a rebirth… we are hopefully dying to strick traditions that need a conscious heart to re-evaluate and be re-centered on what Christ would do in today’s modern world.