TUESDAY OF THE THIRTY–FIRST WEEK OF THE YEAR II
Psalm 21: 26b-27, 28-30a, 31-32 (R. v. 26a)
Christ Obedient Unto Death
Nothing is more perilous than an excessive familiarity with the sublime: the juxtaposition of the Holy with the “ho-hum.” Well-known texts like today’s passage from Philippians present just such a danger. “Oh, that again! I know it. I’ve heard it hundreds of times. Onto the next thing.” Saint Paul’s canticle of the self-emptying and glorified Christ — the Christus factus est — is so familiar to us that we risk not hearing it or, at best, giving it no more than a nod of acknowledgement.
Sing the Mystery
Of course, one of the most adequate treatments of the text is its chant melody; there, melody functions as exegesis and as homily. Neum after neum, the meaning of the text is revealed in a way that preaching and commentaries cannot even begin to approach. I wonder how many of you were moved to sing softly the Christus factus est during your lectio divina this morning. I was.