DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME. This is what is spoken in every Eucharist, in every mass. You may want to ask today what “this” refers to.
Can it be that it refers to the breaking of the bread, the passing of the cup and the washing of the feet?
Can it be that these are three non-negotiable aspects of authentic celebration?
The foot washing, tradition says, happened in the middle of the meal! This means, i assume, that the ritual washing upon arriving, to remove the dust and the dirt from the journey had already taken place.
Is it too far a stretch to imagine this as a second washing, a gratuitous washing, a washing that is not attached to any function, a washing that is not prompted by any need.
Can you see this a a radical gesture of pure love prompted only by radical love?