(CEV) From “The Poem of the Man-God”, Vol. 5, p. 489
Jesus: «I told you that the greatest is the same as the smallest and that I am acting as a servant at this table, and I will serve you even more. So far I have given you food. A service for your bodies. Now I want to give you food for your spirits. It is not a dish of the ancient rite. It belongs to the new rite. […]
Jesus stands up, He makes John stand up to come out of His place more easily, He goes to the chest and takes off His red tunic and folds it placing it on His mantle, which is there already folded, He girds Himself with a large towel and He goes towards another basin, which is empty and clean. He pours some water into it, He takes it to the middle of the room, near the table, and puts it on a stool. The apostles look at Him dumbfounded.
Jesus: «Are you not asking Me what I am doing?»
Peter: «We do not know. I tell You that we are already purified» replies Peter.»
Jesus:«And I repeat to you that it does not matter. My purification will serve him, who is already pure, to become purer.»
He kneels down. He unties the Iscariot’s sandals and washes his feet, one at a time. It is easy to do so, because the couches are made in such a way that the feet are in the outer side. Judas is astonished and does not say anything. Only when Jesus, before putting the sandal on the left foot and getting up, makes the gesture of kissing his right foot, that has already been shod, Judas withdraws his foot violently and with the sole strikes the divine mouth. He does so unintentionally. It is not a strong blow. But it grieves me so much. Jesus smiles, and to the apostle who asks Him:
Judas: «Did I hurt You? I did not intend to… Forgive me»
Jesus: «No, My friend. You did it without malice and it does not hurt»
Judas looks at Him… A worried elusive look… Jesus passes on to Thomas, then to Philip… He goes round the narrow side of the table and arrives at His cousin James. He washes his feet […]. He passes on to Andrew, […]. Then there is James of Zebedee, who goes on grumbling:
James of Zebedee: «Oh! Master! Master! Master! You are lowering Yourself, my sublime Master!»
John has already untied his sandals and while Jesus is bent drying his feet, he kisses His head.
But Peter… It is not easy to convince him to submit to the rite!
Peter: «You want to wash my feet? Do not even think about it! As long as I live, I will never allow You to do that. I am a worm, You are God. Each to his own place.»
Jesus: «You cannot understand now what I am doing. Later you will understand. Let Me do it.»
Peter: «You can do anything You like, Master. Do You want to cut my neck? Do so. But You will never wash my feet.»
Jesus: «Oh! My Simon! Do you not know that if I do not wash you, you will take no part in My Kingdom? Simon, Simon! You are in need of this water for your soul and for the long journey you have to take. Do you not want to come with Me? If I do not wash you, you will not come to My Kingdom.»
Peter: «Oh! my blessed Lord! Then, wash all my body! Feet, hands and head!»
Jesus: «Anyone who, like you, has had a bath, needs only to have his feet washed, as he is completely pure. The feet… Man walks with his feet on filth. And it would not be much either, because, as I told you, it is not what enters and comes out with food that dirties, and it is not what settles on his feet on the roads that contaminates man. But it is what smoulders and matures in his heart and comes out from it, which contaminates his actions and limbs. And the feet of a man with an impure spirit go to orgies, to lust, to illicit business, to crimes… Therefore, among the various parts of the body they are the ones that have much to be purified… with the eyes and mouth… »
Jesus has finished. He takes the towel off and washes His hands in clean water, He puts His clothes on, goes back to His seat, and while sitting down He says: «You are now pure, but not all of you. Only those who wanted to be so.»
Maria Valtorta: The Poem of The Man-God