Our celebration of the Triduum, the holiest days in our year, begins tonight with the Mass of the Lord's Supper. This helps us remember that the Lord did two very important things when He gathered with His followers for the last time before He died. The synoptis Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) speak of His gift of the Eucharist, His own Body and Blood, which are given to us as food for our spiritual nourishment. In John's Gospel we hear of the example He gave by washing the feet of His disciples. We reflect on both of these this evening because both are important. The reason we are given the food is so that we can wash the feet. Eucharist is supposed to lead us to serve one another. We cannot claim to have received the benefits of the Eucharist if we don't take the example of Christ seriously.
I pray that these days will be a time for each of us to renew our commitment to serve one another. We ARE the Body and Blood of Christ present in and to the world, and He needs our hands to wash the feet of the rest of His brothers and sisters. May the Eucharist strengthen us to be Christ for the world.
May I also ask for continued prayers for my mother, who will undergo surgery next Friday for the removal of a brain tumor. God bless each of you!