poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples'
feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him."
Or could it be the "self" that may end up, consciously or unconsciously, boasting of our doing a service, that must be taken off? How many times have I personally had to fight off the feeling of superiority or self-righteousness, because "I" went to Mass, or I helped out at a soup kitchen, or . . . .( If we serve to feel good, we are still serving ourselves).
Either/or, I am quite sure that it is impossible to truly love and serve as Christ, if we do not also remove things in us that are not of Him.
*the neato lil' image above was made with the help of the Church Sign Generator