The Second reading at Mass on Sunday, Palm Sunday, is an ancient hymn quoted by St Paul in the Letter to the Philippians.
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.
It is a hymn that evokes a healthy ‘fear of the Lord’,that responds with awe and wonder at God’s humility in Christ, and at the…
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