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?
St. Columbkille has a Funeral Choir? Would you like to join? Many "feet are washed" in this ministry. Yes, many! The Funeral Choir is extremely important because at funerals most family members and relatives of the deceased are too choked up with strong emotions to sing. A silent funeral Mass can be depressing, but a funeral Mass filled with enthusiastic singing can be an uplifting experience. Just as the families of the deceased appreciate our singing, we too appreciate the spiritual graces we receive by singing at funeral
spiritual rewards are great for such a simple task -- singing at
funerals -- and it does not involve a lot of time, expense or energy.
If you are wondering how you can be a part of the St. Columbkille Funeral Choir, please call Alice Noethe, 583-9117.
Local Funeral Homes:
Hoffman-Schneider Funeral Homes & Cremation Services
Egelhof, Siegert, & Casper Funeral Home & Crematory
Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory
Behr Funeral Home
Catholic Cemeteries in Dubuque
Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Mt. Olivet Cemetery (Find a grave and info)