Sunday, April 1, 2012

Obedient Unto Death

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 death on a cross.

CrucIfix Blessed Trinity Shrine Retreat
Photo by Sr. Nancy Walsh MSBT
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.
Phil. 2: 6 - 11

Sometimes I wonder what kind of God is this that comes among us with such vulnerability? All the values of our society: to have things, to be important and powerful, to be in control, even to be well regarded by others seem unimportant in the life of Jesus. 

The usual response to violence is to seek justice, even revenge. We want the one who hurt us to be hurt. 
Jesus asks for forgiveness for his tormentors. 

This rejection of power, this putting oneself in the hands of others is disturbing. For me it means I need to look at my motives everyday in order to follow this Jesus who gave himself over to us for love.

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