Palm Sunday 2023
The letter to the Philippians was written by the Apostle Paul while he was in prison in Rome. The Philippian church was one of the first Christian communities that Paul had established on his second missionary journey, and he had a close relationship with the believers there.
In the passage that we read today, Paul is encouraging the Philippians to imitate the humility of Christ, who emptied himself and took on the form of a servant.
It's possible that Paul was addressing issues of pride or selfishness within the Philippian community, and he may have been reminding them that true greatness lies in service and self-sacrifice.
One powerful example of this kind of humility is seen in Simon of Cyrene, who was called upon to help Jesus carry his cross. Simon was simply passing by, but he willingly shared in Jesus' suffering, becoming a witness to the love and sacrifice of our Lord.
Like Simon, we too are called to come off of the sidelines and serve others with humility and generosity. We too are called to be willing to share in the suffering of others, to put aside our own desires and ambitions, and to seek obedience to God's will above all else.
We can come off the sidelines and serve others by volunteering at a local charity or donating to a worthy cause.
We can put aside our own desires and ambitions by being content with what we have and not constantly striving for more.
And we can seek obedience to God's will by spending time in prayer and meditation, reflecting on the sacrifice and humility of Christ and seeking guidance and direction from God for our lives.
Let’s trust in the power of God's grace to transform us into true followers of Christ, who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
May the Holy Spirit empower us to come off the sidelines and join in the work of service and compassion, following the example of Christ, who gave his life as a ransom for many.