The task of washing someone’s feet is hardly a task fit for a King. It is the task of the lowest servant or a slave, and so Peter refuses to allow Christ to wash his feet.‘Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me”. In other words, “if I am to bring you up to my level, I first must come down to yours”.
Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”’
What St Peter is saying here, in other words, is, “if washing me is a yardstick for measuring how close I am to you, then never mind the feet, I want the full monty!”
“Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou”