Though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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There is a window in the chapel of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA with the name of Jesus inscribed in more languages than I can even identify. It is a beautiful window near the tabernacle. In the center of this cluster of names you’ll find today’s quote from Philippians 2: “ At the name of Jesus every knee should bend.
Today’s gospel is long and the story while familiar is difficult. As we think of that name, the name of Jesus, we often focus on the resurrected Jesus. We know how the movie ends; perhaps Mass should begin with a spoiler alert. The story and the power of the passion can seem so intense that there is a tendency to move through it quickly and jump to the resurrection. But if we really want to understand why every knee should bend, we must go sit with the intensity of the passion. This week, spend some time sitting with the tension in which our gospel leaves us. In these days of waiting for Easter we should feel unfinished. We are unfinished. We are waiting.
Lord God, increase the faith of your people and hear our prayers. Today we honor Jesus Christ, our triumphant King. Guide our lives by the example of his suffering and death. May we live always, holy God, in the kingdom of your promise. Amen.
—from the Gelasian Sacramentary
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