The water has been carried away, the table cleared, the baptismal font moved back from the center of the worshiping community to the entrance aisle – but the joy of the celebration lingers: the darling baby, the big crowd, the tender affection of all towards this child and her family.
And the words of Jesus linger: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another.” “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
I don’ t know what will become of the washcloths handed out to the children in the children’s sermon. I do know I won’t forget the wonderfully expressive look of shock from one child at the idea of washing feet.
It was shocking what Jesus did. (That’s why Peter tried to stop him.) But it spoke to his point. God’s world, God’s kingdom, God’s reigning is different than this world. And now Sara has become a citizen of God’s world living in the midst of this one. People will know that she is a student of Jesus if she lives his love.