The words spoken by Jesus in this Sunday’s Gospel is in the context of being part of the commentary on the gesture of washing the disciples’ feet just before the Institution of the Eucharist. If we turn our memory back to Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, and then read this Sunday passage, we get a better sense of it. In instituting the Mass, Jesus reminds all of us, and especially priests, that by coming to the table of the Eucharist, we are all called to serve others.
Today’s Gospel passage highlights an important between the gesture of feet washing (“I have come to serve, and not to be served”) and the Eucharist (“….love one another, as I have loved you”). The commandment to love is expressed also in serving each other.
As we come before at the altar let us also make that pledge to try and live His commandment, and through that may everyone know that we are His disciples.