The Second reading on the Second Sunday of Lent comes from the Letter to the Philippians.
In the passage Paul – who regularly knows his own weaknesses and failings – invites the Church at Philippi to follow his rule of life, to imitate the saints. He invites them to become more and more fully saints of God themselves.
My brothers, be united in following my rule of life. Take as your models everybody who is already doing this and study them as you used to study us.
I have told you often, and I repeat it today with tears, there are many who are behaving as the enemies of the cross of Christ. They are destined to be lost. They make foods into their god and they are proudest of something they ought to think shameful; the things they think important are earthly things.
For us, our homeland is in heaven…
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