The message today is twofold.
What we call the Mass is the memorial of the events of today in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
It is the memorial of the Last Supper which Jesus and his disciples cerebrated on Thursday evening just before he was arrested. During the Last Supper He told them to ‘do this in memory of him.’
Every time we cerebrate Mass we do again what was done at the Last Supper to remember the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth – God made man.
But the Church teaches us that it is not just a memorial like a photograph of or a headstone to a deceased loved one. The Mass is the re-presentation – the actual presenting again – of the life, death and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, here and now, so that I and you can experience and participate in it as the followers of Jesus participated in it two thousand years ago in Palestine.
2) This amazing and mysterious memorial; re-presentation, to have meaning to me, to have an effect on my life and my understanding of God, must be accompanied with, must be integrated with the washing of feet. The washing of feet is actual service to our fellow human beings as well as a symbol of service. As Jesus said ‘the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve.’
This is the hard bit for me. This is the part I like to lay aside for the time being. This is the part I like to put on the long finger. This is the part I must deliberately scrutinise, appraise, judge myself on, and practise, today and tomorrow and Saturday etc. if I want to experience the Resurrection and new life in Christ this Easter.