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Easter a lesson of humility and service

Luke Rawalai
Sunday, April 20, 2014

ANGLICANS in Labasa joined their brothers and sisters around the world on Thursday night to commemorate the traditional Easter washing of the feet.

The ceremony commemorates the original foot washing rite that Jesus observed before his crucifixion.

Officiating at the ceremony, Father Charlie Leeman told his congregation the biggest lesson learnt was one of humility and service.

Fr Leeman said even though he was a leader to the 12 disciples, Jesus still planted in his heart the seed of humility as he chose to wash the feet of his followers.

"Two thousand years ago Jesus taught the biggest lesson to those that have been chosen to lead on this earth," he said.

"He made a bold statement to the world, saying that those that lead must be ready to serve.

"His life was one of humility and service."

Fr Leeman said the life of Jesus was a perfect example for those who were thinking of standing for the next elections.

"In his very own words Jesus even told his disciples he was not a worthy leader if he did not wash the feet of his disciples.

"He shocked the disciples when he stooped low from his leadership role to wash their foot. Many of us in leadership positions including church ministers cannot instil humility in our hearts because of our riches, status and work but the life of Jesus teaches us that leaders are servants to their people"

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