BY SARAH SIGNORINO | January 18, 2019
When my daughter, Mary, started becoming more aware of what going to Mass was, I would take time afterward to walk around Christ the King Chapel at Canisius College to talk about what we saw.
We were walking by the altar. She looked up at the small crucifix of Jesus (the one we carry in our procession), and she said, “Look, Mama, Jesus has toes!” I remember her smiling face as she reached out to point at Jesus’ bare feet.
Jesus had toes.
And feet. Feet that walked thousands of miles. Feet that were born into a simple existence in a simple place to a young mother and a carpenter. Feet that fled into Egypt as a child refugee. Feet that traversed Israel. Feet that walked and stood with those on the margins. Feet that challenged injustice. Feet that stood their ground.
Since our children have a remarkable ability to call our attention to details outside (or long forgotten) from our perspective, I invite us all into a family conversation. Consider asking your children or spending some time in your own reflection about Jesus’ humanity using these small details to inspire you.
Jesus’ feet: Where did they take him? What did the ground feel like as he walked with his friends? What kind of shoes would Jesus have worn? What would Jesus’ toes have looked like?
Jesus’ hands: What would his hands felt like after working with his father? Who on the margins did Jesus touch? Who did Jesus heal? How did he connect to others with his hands? How did he invite others in? How did he remain open to the will of his Father?
Jesus’ eyes: Upon whom did Jesus gaze in wonder? In love? In anger? In fear? In disappointment? In hope?
Jesus’ mouth: What kind of foods did Jesus eat? With whom did he share meals? What significance did these meals have on his friends?
How can we walk, touch, see, and taste in the way of our Lord? Let us first remember, my friends, that Jesus had toes.
Sarah is the Director of Mission & Identity at Canisius College. Sarah has been a member of the Ignatian Family for 18 years and loves all of the connections, friends and justice-y things that have developed during that time! She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two cats in the City of Good Neighbors, Buffalo, NY. Sarah loves reading, donuts, women’s spirituality and going on adventures with her daughters.