Give Me Attitude – Christ’s Attitude
My dear friends, St. Paul shares with us some incredible words in today’s second reading. “Brothers and sisters: 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 than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others. Have in you the same attitude that is also 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.”
Wow! I am constantly challenged by this passage. First, I must attempt to have the attitude of Christ. Sometimes I hear parents say, “don’t give me attitude,” referring to something negative from their child – like a facial expression, words, or body language. During these very trying days of 2020, times when we are all a bit more fragile because of COVID-19, wildfires, racial tensions, wouldn’t it be nice if we all gave others the attitude of Christ. Jesus’ attitude was one of surrender, service and giving. Even as we celebrate the Eucharist, we see the surrender of Jesus and receive Him who gives Himself totally to us. May the words of St. Paul challenge us to be united with the attitude of Christ. Peace.