In the Vatican the closest person we have to God is the chosen man by other religious leaders, the Cardinals, called the Pope. For hundreds of years the Pope whoever he is, usually led a very rich and kingly life surrounded by lots of gold and jewels and living like royalty. Our recent Pope decided to do the unthinkable and walk away from his leadership; something that hasn’t been done in 600 years. He also walked away during the most important time of the year when Catholics all over the world reflect and feel all the suffering Jesus endured for us. We feel insignificant and learn to be more tolerant during this time of the year.
Sometimes great change can be revealed in small gestures. This week Pope Francis knelt on the stone floor of a detention facility in Rome to wash and kiss the feet of 12 young inmates. Other popes have carried out this rite on Holy Thursday. It is a ceremony to emulate the way Jesus washed the feet of his 12 apostles at the Last Supper, just before he was tried and crucified.
But previous popes have washed the feet of priests in Rome's grand, golden St. John Lateran Basilica. Pope Francis went to a penitentiary to wash the feet of prisoners. They ranged in age from 14 to 21; many have had rough lives of struggle on the streets of Rome. The young offenders wore prison-issue jeans, and you could see tattoos on the ankles of a few when they inched up their pants so their feet could be washed by the pope, and dried with a plain towel before he kissed them. "This is a symbol, it is a sign," Pope Francis told them. "Washing your feet means I am at your service."
I think his simple gestures like this gives us all hope to treat others as we would like to be treated. Use your day called Easter Sunday to be good to someone. Make the smile somehow. Touch them in a way they are not used to being touched and get away from your usual self and be different towards others and truly do something kind and caring. What can go wrong? Nothing, it is all good. Be good to someone.