Today’s reflection is written by Deacon Karen Katamay.
“It is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” —Philippians 2:13
The verses that proceed today’s verse from Philippians are a good lead-in to this verse, as they are about encouraging us to imitate Christ’s humility. Christ was God in human form, yet he did not laud it over people and expect to be waited on, but rather came to model God’s will for the world as a servant—helping, healing, forgiving, and showing love, compassion, and mercy. God worked through Jesus to do his will in the world. In a similar way, God works through us to do the same thing. Every time we show kindness, compassion, and caring, we are doing God’s will in the world. Every time we work from a place of love and love one another, God is working through us.
I will be one of the first to admit that this can be difficult sometimes, especially if the person you are being asked to love and care about has hurt you or someone close to you. In a case like this, you may need to ask for God’s help so he can enable you to love them. God is there to support us and work through us and enable us when we need it. We only need to ask! Amen.