Thought for the Week

Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity 27th September 2020

This week’s readings: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32; Philippians 2:1-13; Matthew 21:23-32

“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus”. What does this mean? Paul tells us it is to have love, compassion, and sympathy for others, to be unselfish and humble. And be of one mind – all think in that same way.

Then he describes what’s been called a hymn to Jesus, about his humbly accepting death on the cross, and his subsequent exaltation through his resurrection. Paul says that Jesus emptied himself. What does this mean?

It could be thought of as Jesus emptying himself of his divinity to become an ordinary human being. But I think it’s more about the human Jesus emptying himself of all pride and self-centredness, to have a mind of love, compassion, unselfishness, and humility.

So to have the same mind as Jesus, we need to empty ourselves of all pride and self-centredness, and put others’ interests above our own. This is particularly important in the face of a pandemic, when we need to acknowledge that we’re all in this together and behave appropriately, but it’s something that we should practise all the time.

If everyone put others’ interests before their own, the world would be a better place.

Sue Burchell

Updated 24th September 2020