6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.8Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Day 1 of 7
Philippians 2: 6-8
This week we are invited to walk with Jesus the way of the cross. Though Jesus was fully human and fully divine, St. Paul tells us that Jesus “did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.” Jesus did not cling to his divinity. In fact, throughout his public ministry and especially in Jerusalem during these final days, we see Jesus letting go and making himself vulnerable. He took a chance at being rejected, and it happened.
I am aware of the myriad ways I attempt to safeguard myself from vulnerability and rejection. Sometimes I share only “safe” opinions around others. I like to hide any sense of personal weakness or failure. I am hesitant to ask for advice or help from others. During this Lenten season, as we look to the example of Jesus, how has God invited each of us to let go of these layers of security? During this Holy Week, how might God be calling us to take a risk, become vulnerable, and trust God alone? Jesus was willing to let go. “Because of this,” St. Paul writes, “God greatly exalted him.” So too with us.
Luke Hansen, S.J. is an associate editor at 'America.'