Oct 12, 2011
In St. Paul’s letter to the Philippians (2:5-11), universal redemption is proclaimed. Jesus saves all men and women by canceling out Adam’s pride and disobedience with humility and obedience. As a result, all men and women are liberated in spirit and in truth accompanied by our cooperation with God’s grace not to refuse the grace of redemption. Christ’s redemption is revealed in verses 2:5-11 In this reflection, we will consider verses 6-8.
1. “Though he was in the form of God, he did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped . . .” (v 6)
The plan of salvation was anticipated in the Hebrew Scriptures with the Messiah’s advent. Only the New Adam, Christ, could repair the sin of the Old Adam. At stake was man’s absolute need of a savior, the divine initiative and plan to accomplish it, and Mary’s acceptance of the plan on behalf of the human race. This mission of Jesus finds its expression in the Son’s prayer: “Father, you have given me all that you have, and I have returned all to you; I came from you and have believed that it was you who sent me” (Jn 5:30, 36-38, 43; 7:16,28-29, 35; 8:16,18,42). Jesus’ love for all will lead to the cross, and the cross will lead to the resurrection glory, and redemptive healing. His followers will be asked to walk in his footsteps.
2. “... but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men” (vv 6-7)