"Do this in memory of me"

"As I have done for you, you should also do."
Fr. Augustine DeArmond, O.P
At the Last Supper, Jesus demonstrates God's love in two distinct ways. After each action, he commands his disciples to continue doing what he has done. St. Paul offers the earliest account of Jesus giving us the Eucharist. He transforms bread and wine into his own body and blood. In doing so, Jesus nourishes his disciples physically, truly making them one in body with him. He also nourishes spiritually, through the grace of the Sacrament. That grace becomes the very life and healing power of God in all who receive the Body and Blood of Christ.

In John's Gospel, Jesus washes his disciples' feet. The master and teacher offers this last lesson in humility and service to his disciples. He then tells them, "As I have done for you, you should also do." Our vocation as Christians is one of being Christ in the world by doing for others what he has done for us.

When we offer the Eucharist, God continues to unite us to himself through Christ to nourish us. We also bring others to this Sacrament so they, too, can be healed, nourished, and made one with Christ. When we humble ourselves in service to others, we teach by our master's example and continue Christ's mission in the world. "Do this in memory of me." This is not simply a request to remember what Jesus did 2,000 years ago. It is the command of our Lord to make him present in our lives today.