This followed with an Christological hymn: Because of this God has bestowed on Him the name that is above every other name; so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, both in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.
It is difficult for us to explain our belief in Jesus. He is not just a theory, an intellectual doctrine. He is a living person. We have a personal relationship with Him. We go through our days speaking to Him and listening for Him to speak to us. We know that He is the eternal Son of the Father, the Word of God present from the beginning of creation. But that is not how we relate to Him or He to us. He is our closest friend, our deepest Love. We look at the Cross and are amazed at the extent of His Love for us.
He is God, and yet, He became one of us, more than that, He became a slave for us. A slave serves the needs of his master without considering the impact on his life. Jesus came to serve us. He came to free us from the grasp of materialism. He came to renew the quest for the spiritual within us. He came to restore us to that place in creation that we deserted out of pride and selfishness.
Be like Him St. Paul says in the first reading. Serve others. Stop being selfish. Look at others as more important than yourself. This is difficult. We would like to think that the world revolves around us and our wants. But it does not. The world is the Lord’s.
With the Grace of God, we can do the work of God. But this is work, and work is hard. Work takes time and strength. Work means exhausting ourselves to understand, in your case, of your husband or wife, your children, your parents. In my case, the people God calls me to serve.
We are called to work in the Father's vineyard. The vineyard is your house and my house. The vineyard is your life and my life. The vineyard is that place where others are reaching out to us, seeking the love of Christ in us. They long for Jesus. And they can find Him. They can find Him within us. Within us as Church and within us as individuals.
What is the reality of Jesus in your lives, in my life? How real is He to you? Can we all realize that through the Grace of God, Jesus’ presence is stronger and His Life is more meaningful now than ever before? This is not a matter of feeling; it is a matter of recognizing reality. Everything is for Jesus. Everything that matters in the world flows from Him and leads to Him.
St. Paul put it so beautifully in those closing words of today’s second reading: God has bestowed on Him the name that is above every other name; so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, both in heaven, on earth, and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.