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Jesus displays his enduring love for his own as he washes the disciples' feet, which anticipates the spiritual cleansing that he offers through his own sacrificial death, and sets them an example of humble service.
Loving someone to the end is hard – it takes being able to forgive and to be forgiven – it takes a willingness to get your hands, if you will, dirty by cleaning up the mess – washing the dirty feet – of those we may not like more less love. Loving to the end means we cut through the showy emotions of a ceremony like footwashing and stare into the reality that as John Calvin said, “when we have discharged this empty and bare ceremony we think we have done our duty finely and are then free to despise our neighbors.” Loving to the end means an every day attitude that makes us ready “all through life to wash the feet of our neighbors” our church members, our enemies, even the relatives we hardly love.