The second reading on Sunday, the hymn from the Letter to the Philippians reminds us of the holiness of the one we have at the centre of our gaze this week: Jesus, fully human, fully divine.
In his humanity achieving all we have not: in his divinity manifesting to us divine love and our ultimate goal.
His state was divine,
yet Christ Jesus did not cling
to his equality with God
but emptied himself
to assume the condition of a slave
and became as men are;
and being as all men are,
he was humbler yet,
even to accepting death,
death on a cross.
But God raised him high
and gave him the name
which is above all other names
so that all beings
in the heavens, on earth and in the underworld,
should bend the knee at the name of Jesus
and that every tongue should acclaim
Jesus Christ as Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
We have busy lives and the business will impinge on our keeping of these coming Holy Days unless we are determined to keep it at bay.
What liturgies will you be able to attend in these days? And what time can you keep free and quiet before and after for preparation and reflection.
Good luck! Let’s pray for one another…
Detail of crucifix. Lisieux Cathedral. (c) 2014, Allen Morris