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Monsignor Anthony A. La Femina, S.T.L., J.C.D. shows the parallel between the Footwashing in Johnís Gospel with the Eucharistic accounts in the Synoptic Gospels.   See his book : Eucharist and Covenant in Johnís Last Supper Account, page 21

 

 

 

 
On pages 17-18 Monsignor Anthony A. La Femina writes:

2.2. The Nature of the Analogy

Having examined all the eucharistic circumstances, attributes and ef≠fects that John attributed to the Footwashing, the question arises as to what kind of analogy John used for these two actions so different in themselves. The answer depends upon whether these Eucharistic characteristics truly belong to the essential makeup of the Footwashing. The answer is that those eucharistic characteristics alleged by John about the Footwashing really belong intrinsically and formally only to the Eucharist. Therefore the analogy constructed by John is the analogy of improper proportionality.

It is clear from the belief and practice of the Church that the eucharistic characteristics attributed to the Footwashing do not belong to its essen≠tial makeup. The Church has never understood the command to repeat the Footwashing in the same way as it has for the Eucharist. The command for washing feet has not been rigorously observed despite the fact that the litur≠gical observance of that command is called by the Latin word mandatum, meaning "command." In fact, the Mandatum had long fallen into disuse and was only restored to the Liturgy in 1955 by Pope Pius XII as a part of the re≠form of Holy Week. Moreover, the faith of the Church has always professed that the Eucharist, not the Footwashing, is the action that established the Christian covenant for the forgiveness of sins at the Last Supper. Therefore the only logical conclusion is that John made his analogy knowing well that his analogy is simply a metaphor for teaching purposes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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