Just before entering on the road of his passion [Jesus] washed the feet of his disciples and offered them his body and blood as food and drink. These two acts belong together. They are both an expression of God’s determination to show us the fullness of his love. Therefore John introduces the story of Jesus’ washing of the disciples’ feet with the words:
“Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end” (John 13:1).
What is even more astonishing is that on both occasions Jesus commands us to do the same. After washing his disciples’ feet, Jesus says,
“I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you” (John 13:15).
After giving himself as food and drink, he says,
“Do this in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19).
Jesus calls us to continue his mission of revealing the perfect love of God in this world. He calls us to total self-giving. He does not want us to keep anything for ourselves. Rather, he wants our love to be as full, as radical, and as complete as his own.
He wants us to bend ourselves to the ground and touch the places in each other that most need washing. He also wants us to say to each other, “Eat of me and drink of me.” By one body and one spirit, united by the love of God.
Taken from “The Road to Daybreak”, by Henri Nouwen, quoted in “Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter.”