Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:5
In our scripture reading, Paul tells us what that mind was in Christ: He emptied Himself; He took the form of a servant; He humbled Himself, even to death on the Cross. Jesus bore our sinful nature on His Cross and also said we must bear our own Cross. “Whoever does not bear his own Cross and follow Me, cannot be My disciple.” (Luke 14:27) Therefore, the work of the Cross is not just His; it must by faith become ours.
“There are many people who believe in the Cross of Christ for redemption but understand very little about the fellowship of the Cross. They rely on what the Cross purchased for them, but they go great lengths of time without fellowship with Jesus. They do not daily seek close relationship with the crucified Christ.” Without the Cross, our fellowship is superficial – the Cross of death deepens our fellowship, and the Spirit’s breath as the resurrection uplifts our fellowship. The fellowship frees us from our sinful self through the Cross. Without the Cross, there is no release, no freedom, and no liberty from self.
St. (Pope) John Paul II writes: “In the Cross of Christ not only is the Redemption accomplished through suffering, but also human suffering itself has been redeemed …” Every man has his own share in the Redemption of the Cross. Each one is also called to share in that suffering through which the Redemption was accomplished. He is called to share in that suffering through which all human suffering has also been redeemed. In bringing about the Redemption through suffering, Christ has also raised human suffering to the level of Redemption. Thus, each man, in his suffering, can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ.
Let us conclude with the words of Thomas a’ Kempis: “Jesus hath now many lovers of His heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of His cross. He hath many desirous of consolation, but few of tribulation. He findeth many companions of His table, but few of His abstinence. All desire to rejoice with Him, few are willing to endure anything for Him, or with Him. Many follow Jesus unto the breaking of bread, but few to the drinking of the cup of His passion. Many reverence His miracles, few follow the ignominy of His cross.”
MASS: VIOLET Is 49: 1-6; Ps 71: 1-2. 3-4a. 5ab-6ab. 15ab.17 (R.15ab); Jn 13: 21-33. 36-38 Chrism Mass Is 61:1-3a. 6a. 8b-9; Ps 89:21-22; 25. 27; Rev 1:5-8; Lk 4:16-21
Prayer Point:

“Divine merciful Lord, I pray and beseech on behalf of all humanity for Your mercy and compassion; for Your healing and blessings and for Your salvation. O precious treasure from heaven, You who are hidden to the proud, fill my heart with humility and purity that I may be worthy to receive the promises of