Vol 20 No 3 2013

The Foot-Washing in John 13:1-20, in the context of L'Arche

Catherine Anderson and Sandra Carroll


This paper is a theological reflection on a practice that expresses the spirituality of Jean Vanier and L'Arche. The focus is a project with members of L'Arche designed to elicit the meaning of the foot-washing as it is actually celebrated in L'Arche communities. Central to this study of the foot-washing in John is Vanier's text, Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John. The situation in L'Arche acknowledges the rules of different churches and the consequent exclusion of some people from the Eucharist so it is against this background the foot-washing stands out as a sign of unity.