Philippians ONE: 1-2

If this is the first time you have studied one of St. Paul’s letters then you won’t notice something odd about this greeting. But check out how St. Paul greets the Romans, the Corinthians, the Galatians and the Ephesians. Do you note that something is missing from this and that something else is added? The commentaries I read produced much verbiage about the fact that St. Paul does not mention his authority as an apostle and that he does address the clergy separately. Continue reading

The Epistle to the Philippians

It sometimes seems that just about every verse is highly quotable. We find “He who began a good work in you will complete it…” or something like that. There’s also “To live is Christ and to die is gain..” That’s right, isn’t it? And then there’s that great poem that contains the line, “Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord…” Finally, there’s “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say Rejoice.” Surely peoople quote that correctly, don’t they? Continue reading