Our First Reading begins to set the stage for a much deeper awareness of the simplicity of eating: “This is the blood of the covenant that the LORD has made with you in accordance with all these words of his.” Our lives have been bought and purchased at an amazing cost! None of us are here “by accident.” We each have a deep and enriching purpose that we must find, and that journey must be fed: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.”
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven, says the Lord; whoever eats this bread will live forever.” Such a Feast begs all of us to take a step back and reflect on that quote from the Scriptures today. Jesus does so much more by giving us His Body and Blood. He teaches us that not only do we take meaningful time when we sit and share food but also take every opportunity and chance to serve, even to the point of washing each other’s feet.
“Take it; this is my body.” As Jesus feeds us with His very Body and Blood, He assures us that He is showing us and expecting us to be the least among us. It is easy to do great things for those we love. What about doing the hard things for those we don’t know or, even better, know who will never be able or willing to say thank you? This is selfless and what this night is all about: empty yourself as Jesus did, so where He has gone, we can follow.
“When you approach the (Eucharist in the) tabernacle remember that he has been waiting for you for twenty centuries.” St. Josemaria Escriva