Thank God—he’s so good.
His love never quits! Psalm 118:29 (The Message)
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Philippians 2:1-4 (The Message)
The readings are preparing us for the beginning of Holy Week. Deuteronomy explains the Feast of Passover, why Jesus was heading for Jerusalem.
Philippians reminds us that Jesus, being equal with God, “when the time came set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human!” Therefore, we have the option of following his example to put ourselves aside and help others to get ahead.