Prayer (Breviary) and Introduction – from the Cosmic Christ of yesterday to the servant Christ today
Phil 2: 5-11 – so that we might be the same as Christ Jesus!
Yuppy (Young and upwardly mobile) and Downwardly mobile! Taking the lowest place! Two ways of understanding Jesus in the NT – two Christologies – Descending (John and Paul esp) ; Ascending (Mark esp). Not mutually exclusive but complementary.
Philippians among the last letters of Paul – a mature Paul who reflects upon his experience of the Jesus he proclaims – an early Christian hymn. The ‘kenosis’ – emptying, further and further downwards – God becoming human, human becoming a slave, a slave becoming a condemned criminal executed on a Cross!
He is the Word made Flesh – but what is the environment, social setting, in which the Divine Word is shaped.
The Annunciation – poverty of Nazareth, the poor young girl, Mary
First witnesses to Jesus at Bethlehem – displaced (the census) homeless birth among the animals – shepherds whom God comes to meet (angels) – night shepherds, the poorest (and despised) workers of Israel. Because of their work were considered unclean and unworthy to enter the temple. An excluded group.
Refugee family – fleeing a tyrant, political (Herod) and religious (leaders in Jerusalem) persecution
Growing up in Nazareth – place of poverty, manual labour (Joseph the carpenter), marginalised community. ‘Any good come from Nazareth’ – ‘prophets do not come from Galilee’.
Ministry – among the poorest, total identification with the poor, the broken, the wounded, the outcast and the sinner. (eg healing the leper in Mark 1: 40-45)
Difference between the Beatitudes in Matthew and Luke – Matthew (Matt 5: a new Moses a New Law (also Wisdom literature); Luke – the Prophetic cry of the poor – the voice of the voiceless utters the Word
Death of a convicted criminal, a slave on the Roman Cross – outcast of his people, the ‘scapegoat’ carrying the sins of His people -the outcast becomes the saviour, the slave servant become the Lord