Since the DaVinci Code came out, there has been much talk about the quest for the Holy Grail, normally thought of as the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper. Funny how there seems to be little interest in finding another receptacle used at the Last Supper: the bowl with which Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Perhaps this bowl is just too mundane for our tastes. Yet, in the same way that Jesus commanded that we “Do this in memory of me” after sharing the cup, he also commanded, “As I have done, so must you do” after washing the feet of the apostles.
With Holy Thursday fast approaching, we might all do well to reflect on our sacred quest for the grail…the receptacle of eternal life…whether that grail be the cup that held our Lord’s Precious Blood or the bowl that held the water with which he washed feet. Both are the key to our salvation.