Second Reading: Philippians 2:1-5

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Philippians.

If our life in Christ means anything to you, if love – or the Spirit that we have in common, or any tenderness and sympathy – can persuade you at all, then be united in your convictions and united in your love, with a common purpose and a common mind.  That is the one thing which would make me completely happy.  There must be no competition among you, no conceit; but everybody is to be humble, each of you thinking of the interest of others rather your own.

Your attitude must be the same as Christ’s:

Christ, though in the image of God,

did not deem equality with God

something to be clung to.

But, rather, was emptied

and took the form of a slave,

being born in human likeness.

Jesus was known to be of the human condition,

and was thus humbled – obediently

accepting death, even death on a cross!

Because of this, God highly exalted Christ

and gave to Jesus the name above every other name,

so that at the name of Jesus every knee must bend

in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth,

and every tongue proclaim to the glory of God:


The Word of God recorded in the letter of Paul to the Philippians.