Beautiful Feet

So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy,
and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said,
And they came to him, took hold of his feet,
and worshiped him.  — Matt. 28:8-9

Fear and great joy. Ran. Greetings! Took hold of his feet, and worshiped.

What a scene! Mary Magdalene and the “other Mary,” after seeing the angels and hearing their proclamation of Jesus’ resurrection, sped off only to be stopped “suddenly” by Jesus greeting them. Imagine how disorienting this all must have been for them. And their reaction? To seize hold of his feet!

How tender, how human, how intimate.

The verb “to seize” used here was used in only one other place in the Gospel of Matthew: in the Garden of Gethsemane when, after Judas’ betrayal, the Temple guards seized Jesus to take him off for trial and execution (26:50).

How lovely that now Jesus’ feet, forever bearing wounds opened by betrayal, are seized by joyful love from these faithful women who never fled during the Passion (cf Matt 27:55-56). It is most fitting that they, who had come to the tomb to honor Jesus’ dead body, are the first to worship him as Risen.

Isaiah 52:7 rings through these messengers of the Messenger:

How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Those feet are worthy of worship, for

he was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his wounds we are healed. — Isaiah 53:5

The feet of a God who came to wash his creatures’ feet, symbols of God’s extreme humility and tender love. Let us become like this Most Low God whom we worship.

5 comments on “Beautiful Feet

  1. tmm says:

    Christ is Risen, Alleluia! Today’s simple little meditation courtesy of DR.TJN, thank you sir. It’s to be vigilant, because we can seize Jesus for good or we can seize Him for evil. As situations arise, the choice is ours. Will the model for us be the Temple guards or Mary Magdalene? Will our sins hurt Him, our will a virtuous life be kisses of love? He was seized for evil and because He acquiesced so graciously, we now get to seize Him for good, so gloriously. Rabboni, touch us that we might experience the Resurrection Power and become whole!

    🖼🧠Bɛ Mɨndfʊʟ Oʄ Wɦօ ʊ Rɛflɛct
    👉🏼Cǟʀɛfʊʟʟ Oʄ Wɦօ ʊ ֆɛllɛct
    It’ֆ Tɨme 2 Gɛt 2 Ꮶռօ Dǟ Rɛǟʟ U, աɦօ ʊ ʀɛǟʟʟʏ aʀɛ 🎭
    Lɨvɨng Wɨthout Dǟ ֆքɨrɨtʊǟʟʟ Trʊth oռɛ Cǟn’t Gɛt Vɛʀy ʄǟʀ 🚷
    / \ tmm/PTL

  2. Jennifer says:

    Happy Easter, Tom, Nealfam, and my fellow Nealobstatophiles!

    What a beautiful reflection on the tenderness of this encounter and the tenderness of Christ’s love! It made me think of other biblical feet mentions: Ruth curled up at Boaz’ and Mary prodigiously anointing Jesus’ feet with dear perfume. Ahhhhhh. Humility and disarming love indeed! (How does one respond when one is holding you by the ankles?!) I’m also thinking of Peter resisting the foot washing, designing himself unworthy, and Christ turning the question of worthiness inside out. Thank you for this post! <3+

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