25. Foot Washing
Viera Hloníková (1920- )
Block print with hand coloring
19 1/2 x 10 1/2
The twelve disciples cluster around Christ as he stoops to wash their feet during the Passover celebration
they observed just before his Crucifixion. Peter did not want the Lord to wash his feet. He was
embarrassed that Jesus would perform the duties of a servant. This block print with the broad black
outlined images, reflects the influence of stained glass, which is Hloznikova’s primary medium.
John 13: 1-17
1It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world
and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent
of his love.
2The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon,
to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come
from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and
wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples'
feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6He came to Simon Peter, who
said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" 7Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am
doing, but later you will understand." 8"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered,
"Unless I wash you, you have no part with me." 9"Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet
but my hands and my head as well!"
10Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean.
And you are clean, though not every one of you." 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that
was why he said not every one was clean.
12When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. "Do you
understand what I have done for you?" he asked them. 13"You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and rightly
so, for that is what I am. 14Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should
wash one another's feet. 15I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. 16I tell
you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent
him. 17Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.