Sunday Morning Devotional: Kenosis

Let what was seen in Christ Jesus be seen also in you –

Though his state was that of God,
yet he did not claim equality with God
something he should cling to.

Rather, he emptied himself,
and assuming the state of a slave,
he was born in human likeness.

He being known as one of us,
Humbled himself obedient unto death
Even death on a cross.

For this God raised him on high
and bestowed on hi the name
which is above every other name.

So that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
in heaven, on earth and under the earth,

And so every tongue should proclaim
“Jesus Chist is Lord!”
to God the father’s Glory

– Philippians 2:5-11, Christian Community Bible translation, from the Philippines, as cited in Cynthia Bourgeault‘s Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening

3 Responses to “Sunday Morning Devotional: Kenosis”


  1. 1 John Sobert Sylvest January 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    In Philip Clayton & Tripp Fuller’s gift to us, a book called Transforming Christian Theology (Fortress Press, 2010), there is a chapter called A Theology of Self-Emptying for the Church, Chapter 13. <<< This link brings one to Bob Cornwall's treatment of Phil's wonderful meditation.

    I'm with the Jewish mystics, who thought God had to shrink to make room for creation. And also with John the Baptist in that He must increase and I must decrease. This is also what at-one-ment means to me, nothing penal or substitutionary. With Duns Scotus, I believe that the Incarnation was in the cards from the Grand Cosmic Get-Go and was not occasioned by any frail human felix culpa!

  2. 2 zoecarnate January 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Beautiful reflections, John. But aren’t you supposed to be at Mass?🙂

  3. 3 John Sobert Sylvest January 24, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Thanks, Mike. Well, of course. Notice the time gap where I was missing from my Sunday School class in Thom Stark’s cyber-parlor. And how, upon my return from Mass, I was immediately led into a near occasion of sin by Ira. Now, I need to go to confession. Damn it.


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