"Having loved his own…He loved them unto the end" (Jn 13, 1-15), and in those last intimate hours spent in their midst, He wished to wish to give them the greatest proof of His love. Those were hours of sweet intimacy, but also of most painful anguish. Judas had already set the rice of the infamous sale; Peter was about to deny his Master; all of them within a short time would abandon Him. The institution of the Eucharist appeared then as the answer of Jesus to the treachery of men, as the greatest gift of His infinite love in return for the blackest ingratitude." <a Divine Intimacy