My thoughts today are focused on simplicity, humility and service of others - actions rather than words. Jesus taught that to live like this is to live in a new covenant - a new connectedness. It was a radical message to deliver amongst the splendour and hierarchy of Jerusalem - it would have been a massive departure from the Judaism and Roman religion of that era - but it was the legacy he intended to leave his followers. And the washing of the feet is a powerful symbol of this.
Last year Rowan Williams, head of the Anglican Church, publicly washed the feet of his congregation - it was deeply moving to see him do this and drew people's attention to a different side of Christianity. In addition to other acts of service, perhaps more Christians need to engage in this public act throughout the year in their efforts to spread the core theme of the Good News?