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40 Day Spiritual Journey – March 13
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Day 3

Tuesday, March 13

Scripture for the Day: Galatians 2 

Philippians 2:6-11 is widely regarded as one of the earliest Christian hymns.  It beautifully summarizes the way Jesus poured Himself out completely on our behalf, and how the Father has honored this sacrifice by exalting Him to the highest place.  This past August I was meditating on this passage during a morning run.  I happened to be visiting a relative in one of the most affluent areas on Long Island.  Crossing a bridge overlooking yachts and multi-million dollar homes, a thought sprang clearly to my mind: “The Son of Man had nowhere to lay His head.” (Matt. 8:20)  This contrast between the life of Christ and the opulence of my surroundings was so arresting that I almost stopped in my tracks.  While I did continue the run, I did so with renewed praise for Christ’s incomprehensible sacrifice.  He willingly left riches infinitely greater than any found on Earth and was totally abased so that we might have life and peace.  As we give thanks today for what Jesus has done, let us remember Paul’s exhortation immediately preceding the “Christ hymn.”  It is, in fact, meant as an example for us to follow: “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus…”

Kieran Clements, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Natural Sciences

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I thank you today for leaving the riches of heaven in order that I might have life and peace. Forgive me for failing so often to “have this attitude” in me that you demonstrated toward us.