Who, 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.

St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians 2:6-7c

The Gospel readings today are long, both the Entry Into Jerusalem and the Passion Narrative are very long, too long for me to summarize in a few paragraphs. Fortunately, in the reading from Philippians, St. Paul has done it for us.
This is the kenotic hymn, the hymn to our God emptying Godsself for the good of humankind. Creation started from the beat of The Word but soon went wrong with Adam and Eve grasping at equality with God. After all, what could be better?
It went so wrong that The Word needed to become flesh, God loving us to the point of sharing our suffering, our betrayals, our abandonments, our hates, our executions. God loved the world so much that he suffered as one of us.
I’ve been reading Fr. Greg Boyle’s Barking to the Choir, The Power of Radical Kinship. He tells a story of testifying in the penalty phase of a gang member’s murder trial. The prosecuting attorney is trying to get Fr. Boyle to admit that this gang member is evil. Father is having none of it. Finally, the prosecutor asks, “On Sunday, don’t you preach about evil?”, to which Father replies, “No.” “Then what do you preach on?” “Love.”
God loves us. Let us do likewise.
During this Covid-19 crisis, we can best love each other by honoring the Governor’s “Stay Home / Stay Healthy” order. We must defeat this disease before it totally overwhelms our health care system, killing not only its direct victims but those who cannot get care because its victims have flooded the system.

 

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Monday, August 10, 2020
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Sunday, July 19, 2020
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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Saturday, July 4, 2020
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Thursday, July 2, 2020
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Saturday, June 20, 2020
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"Do not forget the LORD, your God, who guided you through the vast and terrible desert with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless ground; who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock."

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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