Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
Today’s feast invites us to pray anew over the gift that the dying and rising of Jesus is for each of us and for our families. That “gift” becomes so very practical in times of terminal illness or loss of work, family disagreement and personal distress. Like Jesus, you and I lurch towards understanding that these personal and community experiences of dying and rising actually become our path towards wholeness and redemption.
It is what Pope Francis speaks about in urging us to find that “narrow gate” which defines our personal share in the cross of Jesus. All of this comes alive in Paul’s description of Jesus who “though he was in the form of God…emptied himself…becoming obedient to death.”
Today’s gospel reminds us that “God so loved the world that he gave us his only Son….”
What finer companion can I have in this journey of life than one who teaches me so personally how to meet life’s pain and sadness, as well as the hope and joy they also promise.
Perhaps you have a favorite crucifix in your home or church. Place yourself before Jesus today and look intently into his eyes. Hand over to him your anxiety and pain. Find a place in your heart to let Jesus love you, strengthen you, and bring you hope.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
Soul of Christ, make me holy.Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, drench me.Water from Christ’s side, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me! O Jesus, hear me. In your wounds hide me. Let me never be separated from you. At the time of my death, call me to your side. There may I live with you forever. Amen.
—Traditional Anima Christi Prayer
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