of the Lors's Supper
"He loved them to
the end" (Jn 13: 1).
Before celebrating the
last Passover with his disciples, Jesus washed their feet. With
an act that was normally done by a servant, he wanted to impress
upon the Apostles' minds a sense of what was about to take place.
Indeed, his passion and
death constitute the fundamental loving service through
which the Son of God set humanity free from sin. At the same
time, Christ's passion and death reveal the profound meaning of
the new commandment that he entrusted to the Apostles: "even
as I have loved you, that you also love one another" (Jn
2. "Do this in
remembrance of me" (I Cor 11: 24, 25), he said twice as
he distributed the bread that had become his Body and the wine
that had become his Blood. "I have given you an example,
that you also should do as I have done to you (Jn 13: 15)...