Chacos!! Or as I sometimes like to call them “Jesus shoes” or “Apostle sandals” because if Jesus was walking around here today I’m sure he would be wearing Chacos. Nevertheless, lately they have been a newfound excitement in my life and I’ll have to admit I’ll wear them whenever I can.
**just a disclaimer here to forewarn that this post might be a little weird as I attempt to correlate a pair of shoes to the faith without geeking out too much. 😉 and just because I like Chacos and may be greatly tying them to the faith does not mean they are a sure way to Heaven**
The first time I started noticing how a large amount of people wearing Chacos was when I went to Steubenville Youth Conference last year. You know all those priests and Catholic peeps walking around in Chacos… must be something there right? No, not really. But it made me want a pair in a kind of Catholic geeky way.
However, I will admit it took a step of humility to buy and wear them.
Well, I’ve never been one that liked to wear sandals. I’ve just felt more comfortable “hiding” in socks and shoes. I’ve just felt weird about feet and being barefoot, exposing mine.
Okay, I’m getting weirded out right now trying to talk about this… but I’m going to keep going because I have a point.
Trust me. 😉
Anyways, during Holy Week, I read a meditation by Fr. Sebastian White from the Magnificat on feet and it put a whole new and interesting light on the subject for me.
Our feet are what enables us to do a lot of things: move, run, escape, arrive. Yet, we don’t go flaunting them around because they can also be the dirtiest part of us with imperfections, callouses, and blisters. And I know for me personally something that can be embarrassing to show.
Yet, it was the disciples feet that Jesus washed at the Last Supper.
“He rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist.”
John 13: 4-5
And theirs were probably worse than ours. Just saying. 😉 However, Jesus’ choice to wash the feet of His apostles was not without reason.
He wanted to take the foundation of our being, what supports us, and helps us become who we are. But then to expose all its imperfections so He can take, wash, and sanctify them.
It’s easy to give him our hands or head as Peter wanted to do. We show those to people everyday. Yet, even though we keep our feet under the table, hidden away like our other imperfections, Jesus still knows.
He already knows all our faults and still loves us the same. He is willing to embrace us, embrace our feet, and wash us clean out of pure love.
So, it took some humility for me to slip on sandals, let me feet get dirty and be seen. But now, whenever I wear my Chacos, I am reminded to be humble and let others see me as I am. I don’t need to pretend to be this perfect person, but instead let Jesus’ love fill me and change me.
I now want to embrace this chance of humility and “walk” ever more in His footsteps (and shoes 😉 ) towards Heaven where everything will be washed clean for eternity.
Wow. And all that came out of a pair of Chacos! God be Praised! 😀