Funeral Hospitality

If Christ should suddenly stand before me with a towel thrown over his shoulder and a pan of water in his hands, would I have the humility to take off my shoes and really let him wash my feet? Or, like Peter, would I say: “Wash my feet, Lord? Never!”

Christ has stood in front of me on many a day. It hasn’t always been a pan of water that he’s held in front of me, for water is only one symbol of a way to be cleansed and healed. Sometimes he holds a Bible, or sends a letter, or calls me on the telephone. Sometimes she holds a loaf of bread, or a cup of tea, or gives me a shoulder to cry on. Christ comes in so many ways, in so many people, always holding out that basin of water and asking that same embarrassing question: “Would you mind if I wash your feet?”

The beautiful thing about that burning, persistent, footwashing question is that eventually it calls forth the same question from your heart. Then you discover that your basin is full of water and your heart is full of a call: a call to wash feet.

–From Seasons of Your Heart by Macrina Wiederkehr

Did you know?

Over a typical year, Pax’s dedicated Funeral Hospitality volunteers generates the gift of over 7000 meals served after approximately 50 funerals to support those grieving the loss of a loved one. Many “feet are washed” in this ministry.

Some volunteers come to Pax Christi to set-up, serve, or clean up, others provide salads and desserts upon request, and some offer to call other Funeral Hospitality volunteers to action when notified of an upcoming funeral.

Are you wondering how you can be a part of Pax Christi’s Funeral Hospitality? Call Mary Ann Callahan in Pastoral Care, 952-405-7227, to tell her how you would like to be involved.

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