This is one of my favorite canticles … Philippians 2:6 -11 … used this time in as the reading in the evening prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours, just hours before the beautiful Easter Vigil that was celebrated all around the world last night.
Though he was in the form of God,
Jesus did not regard equality with God
something to be grasped at.
Rather, he emptied himself
and took the form of a slave,
being born in the likeness of men.
He was known to be of human estate,
and it was thus that he humbled himself,
obediently accepting even death,
even death on a cross!
Because of this,
God highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
above every other name,
So that at Jesus’ name
every knee must bend
in the heavens, on the earth,
and under the earth,
and every tongue proclaim
to the glory of God the Father:
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
That this comes at the close of the penitential season of Lent, at the very dawn of the rising of hope, is just so perfect.
Happy Easter … Happy Resurrection Day … ALLELUIA!