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Mark 11:1-11
Philippians 2:5-11

Let the same mind mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was a United States citizen, did not regard his citizenship as something he had earned, something to lord over others, but emptied himself, taking the form of an undocumented immigrant, being born in a strange country, without papers.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was wealthy, did not regard his riches as a sign of God’s blessing, but emptied himself, taking the form of a person without housing, being born in a shelter.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was white, did not regard his privilege as a right, but emptied himself, taking the form of an African American, being born into a state of institutional racism.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was male, did not regard his power as something to be abused, but emptied himself, taking the form of a girl, being born to a poor mother in need of a better job.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was straight, did not regard his sexual identity as normative, but emptied himself, taking the form of a trans person, being born in a body that did not seem to belong to him.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was young, did not regard his vitality as a virtue, but emptied himself, taking the form of a 95-year-old, being born in a nursing home.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was of sound mind and body, did not regard his health as something to take for granted, but emptied himself, being born prematurely and with several rare conditions—but no health insurance.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was a proud gun owner, did not regard his constitutional rights as something more important than life itself, but emptied himself, being born as a kindergartener at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was Lord of Love, Fount of Joy, and Afraid of None, did not regard his abundance as something to be protected, but emptied himself, being born into our weakness and fear, our loneliness, depression, and  shame.

And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.

And being found in sanctuary, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even separation from his family.

And being found without a home, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even freezing to death on a bitterly cold night.

And being found a casualty of white supremacy, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death in a hail of police gunfire.

And being found the girl-child of a working mother, he humbled himself  and became obedient to the point of death—even death by sexual abuse.

And being found a woman in a man’s body, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death by hate crime.

And being found old and ailing and alone, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death by neglect.

And being found sick and uninsured, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death by bankruptcy.

And being found in a school classroom, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death by mass shooting.

And being found alone and trembling, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death by vulnerability, even death by fear of death.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who was there when darkness covered the face of the deep and a wildly creative God said “Let there be light.”

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who looked on when a repentant, love-sick God painted a multi-colored bow across the sky.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who whispered to the waters of the Red Sea, telling them to let God’s people pass through.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who wept over the horrible things God’s human images did to one another.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, whose homecoming parade for the Hebrew exiles was so fabulous that the trees clapped their hands.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who continued to love God’s people, no matter how many times they broke his heart.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who kept trying different ways to get closer to his beloveds, until one day it occurred to him: He would become one of them. He would come to know them from the inside out. He would do anything to show them the way to the fullness of life.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, whose first sight was not of his mother’s breast but the long, scratchy tongue of the cow who found him in her feeding trough.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who stayed up late every night trying to think of new, clearer ways to convey the extravagant love of God.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who washed his beloved disciples’ feet, lingering lovingly over every corn and callus.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who wept when he heard the cock crow, knowing what pain Peter was in.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, instead of saving himself, died a criminal’s death so that we might see that the path to new life is made by selfless caring for the least of these.

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who loved you with an everlasting love long before you were born.

Be in the same mind, which is tenderness.

Be in the same mind, which is mercy.

Be in the same mind, which is longing.

Be in the same mind, which is bearing the pain of others.

Be in the same mind, which pours itself out for the sake of justice.

Be in the same mind, which accepts the consequences.

Be in the same mind, which is love.

So that you might know God.

So that you might know life.

So that you might know love.

So that we all might know that Jesus Christ is Lord, that love is the only way, that love is what we were made for, that love is what will save us.

To the glory of God, our Gracious Parent.