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Friday, August 29, 2014
A PASSAGE from Philippians, chapter four, verse six extols us not to be anxious about anything, but rather, "… in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving…" present our requests to God.
The Phillipians were the people of Philippi, a Roman city named after King Philip II, the father of Alexander the Great. It was into such bastions of Roman occupation and power that early missionaries like St. Paul ventured, to preach their Christian faith. St. Paul was even imprisoned for his troubles. Other apostles met similar fates, or worse.
The biblical book Phillipians is largely attributed to St. Paul as a letter he wrote to the people of Phillipi. Biblica.com writes that “Paul’s primary purpose in writing this letter was to thank the Philippians for the gift they had sent him upon learning of his detention at Rome (1:5;4:10–19).” The same website states that St. Paul had other purposes in writing the letter, all having to do with what we current Christians call Testimony.
And so to the text. These words written almost 2,000 years ago tell us not to worry about anything. Instead, we are, in every situation – take note, every situation – turn to God. This means that God is all powerful, having command of every situation. If we have trouble believing this, we need only look at the universe, or the so-called multiverse, and beyond, to realize that the Creator of such marvels can only be all powerful.
St. Paul wrote to the Philippians hundreds of years ago, and yet we still learn from his words how to deal with every situation: prayer, petition, thanksgiving. The world as we now know it is full of current testimony to the efficacy of the advice we still take from St. Paul. But as the wonderful Joel Osteen says, first, you have “to get in with God." Who, we must remember, has many names to many people. In.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 30, 2014.