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Epistle Reflection

We set our hearts on heaven,
where Christ is at God’s right hand.
Christ is our life, and when he appears,
we too will share his glory.

New Testament Reading - He emptied himself

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3Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. 4Don’t just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and in what they are doing.

5Your attitude should be the kind that was shown us by Jesus Christ, 6who, though he was God, did not demand and cling to his rights as God, 7but laid aside his mighty power and glory, taking the disguise of a slave and becoming like men.a 8And he humbled himself even further, going so far as actually to die a criminal’s death on a cross.b

9Yet it was because of this that God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name which is above every other name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

. . . . .Philippians 2:3-11
  1. Literally, “made in the likeness of men.”
  2. Literally, “became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.”

Intercession

Pray for 3 people on your heart ending with the prayer below.

Remember, O Lord, your compassion and love,
for they are from everlasting.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Let the sorrowful sighing of the prisoners come before you;
and by your great might,
spare those who are condemned to die.
Christ, have mercy. E te Karaiti, kia aroha mai.
Lord, give strength to your people,
and give us your blessing of peace.
Lord, have mercy. E te Ariki, kia aroha mai.
Amen.