“When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, ‘Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also out to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” John 13:12-15
If you go on a Via de Cristo (or other type of Cursillo) retreat, you will find a group of people who are there just to serve you for the weekend. They bring you drinks, supply any need you many have (tissues, snacks, aspirin, etc.), run errands for you, and so on. In Via De Cristo we call them the chas, which stands for Christ’s hands in action. Everybody loves their cha, and often say they wish they could take their cha home with them!
Well, guess what? You don’t have to be on a retreat weekend to be a cha. Of course, it’s true, we all have many responsibilities and we cannot dedicate all of our time to fetching and carrying. We can, however, be Christ’s hand and feet and voice in the world every day to the people with whom we interact. We can help a neighbor carry her groceries, we can give up our place in line to a harried parent, we can say “have a blessed day” to the cashier who rings up our order, we can serve dinner to our family with words that are kind instead of complaining. Jesus gave us an example when he washed the feet of his disciples — he didn’t have to do that. It wasn’t expected, and it wasn’t his “job.” He did it to show us that good stewardship means using our time, our bodies and our minds to serve others.
Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we all became chas?