Following Jesus to Bethlehem - Day 3

November 27, 2019
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Following Jesus to Bethlehem


Finding more Advent wonder and Christmas joy 
Glory
Though he was in the form of God
 
PHILIPPIANS 2:6-11
Who, though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. 

Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, 
to the glory of God the Father.
 

Day Three: Listening


Phil 2:6-11 is prayed by Catholics around the world every Saturday as part of the Liturgy of the Hours. On August 18, 1990 something happened while praying this verse during Saturday Evening Prayer. Suddenly it felt as if I were being pushed into my seat by the Holy Spirit, as if God wanted me to pay attention. So I did. Nothing came of it so I let it go. The next Saturday the same thing happened just as that scripture began to be prayed, so I pondered a little more - but still no answer came. After 2 years it became a frustration, as sometimes in tears I would ask God “What are you trying to show me!?” After 5 years I simply began to expect the feeling, but not an answer.

Finally, after TEN years some answers began to unfold - until now, in the 30TH year, I am writing this 30 day reflection and, as you will see, it has everything to do with following Jesus. Today give 5 minutes to read this scripture verse slowly and ask God how it might help you follow Jesus in a new way and more closely than ever before.

Lord, how might this scripture help me follow you more closely?