- "Do this in memory
These words of Jesus at the Last Supper are said at each mass
after the consecration. We remember Jesus who gives his life
for many. We recall that he washed the feet of his disciples;
this action cannot be separated from the Last Supper.
- And also how could we forget his commandment, a new commandment:
"Love each other like I love you"?
We consider that Jesus gave himself up for us, that he made himself
a servant to every body and that he loved to the very end. We
cannot separate the Eucharist from the commandment of mutual
love and the service for the others as represented in the washing
of the feet. These three facts are linked to each other.
Looking toward the future and engaging oneself is also a way
to remember. We have the responsibility to put in action what
Jesus did at the Last Supper.
In celebrating the Lord's Supper, the Kingdom of God is already
there. It is the prophetic aspect of the Eucharist.
Injustices, inequalities, corruptions are part of our society;
the celebration of the Eucharist reminds us that the poor are
the first to be invited to the festivities of the Kingdom. They
should have a place. Too often the Eucharist is the occasion
for exclusion, isn't it? How could we accept the bread of Life
and forget those who are hungry, who are foreigners, sick or
? Sharing makes us brothers.
Among the waves of violence, terrorism and racism, the celebration
of the Eucharist reminds us that reconciliation and peace are
possible. Since Jesus killed hatred as Apostle Paul said, we
are asked to live together and to promote equality of rights
In a time when ideologies have failed, landmarks for life are
missed and disillusions are spreading, people are struggling
to find a meaning to their life. The celebration of the Eucharist
is there to remember our hope. "Be confident, said Jesus,
I have won" Love will never fail.
Our fights for justice and peace are not in vain. The Eucharist
is a new stimulation for humanity; it already transforms our
life now. Another world is possible.