Holy Thursday is a feast day, especially for priests. This day, we are invited to discover the mystery of the Eucharist and all that it can be to us in our daily life. As the people of Israel who remembered their first day of the year, the day of liberation, the 'Pass over', we Christians the new people of God, the people of new alliance, remember this important event of the past, it's been 2000 years. Every year we commemorate this event, as if it’s happening right now.
When we learn this salvific plan of God and all the preparation went through for century of years, we are wondering and marvelling before this great event. Certainly this event pushes to meditate and contemplate not only all that God has done for us in Jesus Christ through His death and resurrection, but also and all that He is able to do to us, even today through the unknown Christ who are among us, giving their life for us every day.
The dialogue between Jesus and Peter does merit little attention. The one who refused the washing of his feet, will be the one who wanted that the Lord wash him, not only the hands and legs, but the whole person. Jesus will orient him towards the essentials. Our desire to be perfect, sometime pushes to the extremity of rejecting the weak and the low in our society. It is important that man identifies the essentials of life and ignores the rest. Otherwise there is a great danger of rejecting the weaker section of our society. This rejection or isolation of a single being of our society can destroy us whole.
Secondly, this dialogue teaches us the mystery of the Eucharist, God with us and desires to remain with us, in the form of Eucharist. Like the disciples who understood nothing, it is quite possible that we could understand nothing. Yet we are invited to follow the Lord and we will understand it later. If Eucharist was the heart of this event, the washing of the feet was an external sign and symbol of an inner truth of divine love. He is at the service of the people He created. We are the servants called to listen to this Servant par excellence in our everyday life. "Do you understand what I have just done for you? You call me "Master" and "Lord," and you are right, because I really am. If then I, the Lord and the Master, have washed your feet, you too must wash your feet one to another. This is an example that I have given you so that you may also do as I have done for you. "
It is Jesus who takes the initiative and He invites us to share with Him this great meal. This is my Body and here is my Blood. He gives himself and will always give himself. Through this heavenly food God wants us to discover God and his intimacy, the Trinity and the work of the Holy Spirit that transforms us. Jesus reveals to us not only his humanity, but also the divine intimacy. God suffers in us and for us.
In this table Jesus expresses his profound sadness at the betrayal of his own disciple Judas Iscariot. It is no longer an event of the past, but an event of the day. And Judas Iscariot, is not yet dead. The Lord has chosen some of his disciples to accompany Him in prayer and contemplation. He told them, "My soul is sad to die of it. Stay here and watch with me. But the disciples were tired. "Returning to the disciples, he again found them asleep, for their eyes were heavy with sleep." They left him alone to suffer. He still finds us weak even today. He wakes us up by saying, "Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation; The spirit is ardent, but the flesh is weak. "
On this feast day of the establishment of the institution of the Eucharist, Jesus asks us to pray and put ourselves at the service of his people. These two elements must work together. The service less Eucharist serves no purpose. And the charitable activity without binding to the Eucharist will not save us. We must keep them together, for the Lord has shown them together and He asks us to do it.
My friends, I would like to invite you once again to reread the gospel of the day. "Before the feast of the Passover, knowing that the hour had come for him to pass from this world to his Father, Jesus, having loved his own who were in the world, loved them to the end. It is in this divine love that we are invited to worship Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. May our adoration be an expression of our love for the Lord. Amen.