At times, it happens that we honestly wonder what God expects from us.
We ask ourselves what would be pleasing to him in our way of living from day to day.
The first Christians of Philippi may have also been asking themselves the same question.
In today’s 2nd reading, we read Paul’s words to them as he gives them a guideline which is fitting for us as well.
In simple words it demands of us: BE LIKE CHRIST.
It seems that Paul’s words are not easy to translate as different versions of the text (Ph.2:5) give us a somewhat different advice:
“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” (New International Version)
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” (King James version)
“Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.” (Christian Standard Version)
But, if we think about it, the three versions come to the simple 3-word text above: BE LIKE CHRIST –
in the way you think, the way you behave, the way you relate to others!
A demanding programme of life… the one pleasing to him in the very way that Christ did!
Note: Another reflection on a similar theme in French can be found at: https://image-i-nations.com/26e-dimanche-de-lannee-a-2020/