Some things are beautiful only on the surface:
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. (Matthew 23:27)
Other things are beautiful all the way through,
no matter how shocking their outward appearance
may be. Whether we talk about the sweating, heavily-calloused feet of a traveling evangelist, or the bloody, mangled feet of Jesus himself, Holy Scripture says that feet are beautiful when they bring us the Gospel:
How beautiful upon the mountains are
the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation (Isaiah 52:7)
Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good tidings, who proclaims peace! O Judah, keep your appointed feasts; perform your vows. For the wicked one shall no more pass through you; he is utterly cut off. (Nahum 1:15)
“How beautiful are the feet of those who
preach the Gospel of peace” (Romans 10:15)
According to Holy Scripture, feet are beautiful when they are messengers of salvation. These feet may be calloused from hard travels. They may have bad odor after strenuous work. They may be exhausted after heavy labors. They may be bloodied from crucifixion. But whenever feet bear the Gospel message, Scripture says they are beautiful feet.
Some people desire beauty that is merely superficial, like a whitewashed tomb.
Other people seek beauty that is genuine and lasting,
like the feet of a man who preaches the Gospel.
Which kind of beauty are you seeking?