Yesterday it was announced that the Rt Rev Dame Sarah Mullally would be the next Bishop of London. Bishop Sarah released a statement, which included this very diaconal section:
Before becoming a priest, I was a nurse and then the Government’s Chief Nursing Officer for England. People ask what it is like to have had two careers. I reply that I have always had one vocation – to follow Jesus Christ, to know him and to make him known.
For me that means living in the service of others.
Washing feet is a powerful image which has shaped my life.
As a nurse, the way we wash feet affords dignity, respect and value. As a priest I am called to model Jesus Christ, who took off his outer garments and washed his disciples’ feet, even the one who would betray him.
I keep that model of service before me, seeking to serve others and value them.
Bishop Sarah is in our prayers.