“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Philippians 2:9-11

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TODAY’S WORD…

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God elevated Him to the place of highest honour

and gave Him the name above all other names,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

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– Philippians 2:9-11 (NLT)

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REFLECTION…

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It was our Lord Jesus, at whose Name every knee should bow,

who offered us the perfect example of humility!

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It was Jesus Himself who told us that

“those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Lk 14:11b)

and it was as a reward for His humiliation

that the Father glorified our Lord’s sacred humanity.

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Jesus was born and died for our sake

and God elevated Him to the place of highest honour

where He attained the glory of His exaltation

after having undergone the humiliation of the cross.

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In this also Jesus sets us an example:

we cannot attain the glory of Heaven

unless we understand the supernatural value of difficulties, ill-health and suffering,

which are manifestations of Christ’s cross present in our ordinary life.

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Jesus wants us to be like Him and to share in His glory

and that is why He tells us,

“Take up your cross, and follow me.” (Mt 10:38; 16:24)

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QUOTE…

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"The coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Sceptre of God’s Majesty,

was in no pomp of pride and haughtiness – as it could so well have been –

but in self-abasement […].

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You see, dear friends, what an example we have been given.

If the Lord humbled Himself in this way,

what ought we to do, who through Him have come under the yoke of His guidance?"

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– St. Clement of Rome

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"We have to die to ourselves and be born again to a new life.

Jesus Christ obeyed in this way, even unto death on a cross;

that is why God exalted Him.

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If we obey God’s will, the cross will mean our own resurrection and exaltation.

Christ’s life will be fulfilled step by step in our own lives.

It will be said of us that we have tried to be good children of God,

who went about doing good in spite of our weakness and personal shortcomings, no matter how many."

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– St. Josemaria Escriva

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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JESUS, You are Lord!

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