little creatures, write from the Sacred Scriptures in the Letter to the Philippians, Chapter 1,
Verses 1-7 ½: ‘Paul and
Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus, to all the holy ones in Christ Jesus who are in
Philippi, with the overseers and ministers:
grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
I give thanks to my God at every remembrance of you, praying always with
joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the
gospel from the first day until now. I
am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to
complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. It
is right that I should think this way about all of you, because I hold you in my
heart, you who are all partners with me in grace,…’
Go to Verses
8-9: ‘For God is my witness,
how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in
knowledge and every kind of perception,’
“Continue from Chapter 2, Verses 1-11:
‘If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any
participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being
of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing.
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard
others as more important that yourselves, each looking out not for his own
interests, but [also] everyone for those of others.
Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ
Jesus, Who, though he was in the
form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human
likeness, and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient
to death, even death on a cross. Because
of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above
every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven
and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the Father.’ ”