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dc.contributor.authorHauser, Dick, S.J.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 486en_US
dc.description.abstractPaul's hymn in Philippians 2:5-11 is perhaps the most ancient liturgical hymn in the New Testament. Paul took an existing hymn and inserted it into this letter. The hymn is precious because it gives insight into Christ's attitude to the Father, even amid his suffering.|And the hymn admonishes us that our attitude to God should be similar to Christ's! Christ's attitude in the Gospels is caught by the Aramaic word "abba," "father." Abba is the word that a child uses to address a loving Father. Though Paul, and ourselves, believe that Christ enjoyed equality with God, this equality did not affect the way Christ related to God. He related to God in the same total trust and dependency and obedience that a child has for a loving parent.|This attitude is caught most dramatically in Christ's prayers to God, especially in his prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, "Father (Abba), if it is your will take this chalice away from me, but not my will but yours be done." And the Philippian hymn insists that this attitude of dependency, trust and obedience remained constant in Christ even unto accepting his death, and death on the cross.|But then the hymn moves to a surprising connection between trust and transformation. Because of Christ's dependency, trust and obedience to God, God highly exalted him and established him in his glorified state so that every tongue may now proclaim "Jesus Christ is Lord" -- and as Lord equal to the Father! Christ's sufferings and death did not separate him from God but rather as the occasion for his unconditional openness and trust in his Father culminated in his resurrection and glorification!|Christ has given us Christians an example of how to handle sufferings. No suffering, no matter how great, need be the occasion for separation from God. Rather all suffering handled in openness and trust of our Father (Abba) can be the occasion for our own transformation. I believe the very heart of the Christian message is identifying with Christ in handling our suffering. Can't we each testify from our own experiences that our sufferings have deepened our trust in God as well as our empathy with our fellow human beings (who also suffer)? It's the paschal mystery: through Good Friday to Easter Sunday. And so the cross of Christ has always been the central symbol of the Christian faith.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Tuesday, November 3, 1998: 31st week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitVP for Academic Affairsen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorHauser, Richard J., S.J.en_US Timeen_US 31en_US
dc.subject.local1Philippians 2:5-11en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 22:26b-27, 28-30ab, 30e, 31-32en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 14:15-24en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US IIen_US

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