“Let the same 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. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-- even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8).”
The end of the Lenten journey and the disciplines we have practiced is greater freedom and greater joy. It is hoped that our Lenten worship and discipline have helped us move closer to the heart of God. As this movement toward God’s heart takes place, we find that we increasingly love what God loves and hate what God hates. This is another way of saying that we ‘have the same mind that was in Jesus Christ.” To have the mind of Christ is to be moved to a greater and greater degree by compassion for those who move the heart of God. To have the mind of Christ is to increasingly deplore the injustices that have such a powerful hold on our world. To have the mind of Christ is to be moved to action on behalf of those whom God loves. That may sound like hard work (and it is!) but the energy for this work is joy. Every time a son or daughter returns to God, every time God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven, every time the church stands up for righteousness and mercy and justice, there is joy in heaven, a joy that we share because we increasingly have the mind of Christ in ourselves.