John is the only gospel writer who includes the washing of the disciples' feet at the Last Supper. He leads into the story with these words: Jesus knew that the Father had put al things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and drying them with the towel that as wrapped around him (John 13:3-5).
Jesus knew who he was and what he was about. In Philippians 2:5-11 Paul shows us that this act of servanthood at the Last Supper reflects Jesus' attitude with which he lived life. And it is the attitude we are called to as well.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself and became obedient to death --
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God theFather.
Scripture for Thursday of Holy Week