Week of April 9, 2017

O mad lover!  It was not enough for you to take on our humanity: You had to die as well!  —St. Catherine of Siena

Our second reading today, Philippians 2:6-11, is one of my favorite scripture passages.

Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.

Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even on a cross.

Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Christ Jesus became vulnerable for us.  I recently read a reflection where the author said instead of praying “almighty God”, we should pray “all vulnerable God.”  Not how we usually visualize God and yet very much hits the mark for our Triduum services this week.  By loving us and creating us, God became vulnerable.  Jesus shows just how vulnerable by stretching out his arms on the cross and dying for us.

We are reminded that we are not at our best when we are mighty.  We are at our best when we are vulnerable, when we love as Jesus the Christ loved us.  Let us come to the services this Holy Week and celebrate how much we are loved.

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