Sunday, 14 July 2024 - San Camillo de Lellis ( Letture di oggi)

Philippians 1


1Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all God's holy people in Christ Jesus at Philippi, togetherwith their presiding elders and the deacons.2Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.3I thank my God whenever I think of you,4and every time I pray for you al , I always pray with joy5for your partnership in the gospel from the very first day up to the present.6I am quite confident that the One who began a good work in you wil go on completing it until the Day ofJesus Christ comes.7It is only right that I should feel like this towards you all, because you have a place in my heart, sinceyou have all shared together in the grace that has been mine, both my chains and my work defending andestablishing the gospel.8For God wil testify for me how much I long for you al with the warm longing of Christ Jesus;9it is my prayer that your love for one another may grow more and more with the knowledge andcomplete understanding10that will help you to come to true discernment, so that you wil be innocent and free of any trace of guiltwhen the Day of Christ comes,11entirely fil ed with the fruits of uprightness through Jesus Christ, for the glory and praise of God.12Now I want you to realise, brothers, that the circumstances of my present life are helping rather thanhindering the advance of the gospel.13My chains in Christ have become wel known not only to al the Praetorium, but to everybody else,14and so most of the brothers in the Lord have gained confidence from my chains and are getting moreand more daring in announcing the Message without any fear.15It is true that some of them are preaching Christ out of malice and rivalry; but there are many as welwhose intentions are good;16some are doing it out of love, knowing that I remain firm in my defence of the gospel.17There are others who are proclaiming Christ out of jealousy, not in sincerity but meaning to add to theweight of my chains.18But what does it matter? Only that in both ways, whether with false motives or true, Christ isproclaimed, and for that I am happy;19and I shal go on being happy, too, because I know that this is what wil save me, with your prayers andwith the support of the Spirit of Jesus Christ;20al in accordance with my most confident hope and trust that I shal never have to admit defeat, but withcomplete fearlessness I shall go on, so that now, as always, Christ wil be glorified in my body, whether by mylife or my death.21Life to me, of course, is Christ, but then death would be a positive gain.22On the other hand again, if to be alive in the body gives me an opportunity for fruitful work, I do notknow which I should choose.23I am caught in this dilemma: I want to be gone and to be with Christ, and this is by far the strongerdesire-24and yet for your sake to stay alive in this body is a more urgent need.25This much I know for certain, that I shal stay and stand by you al , to encourage your advance andyour joy in the faith,26so that my return to be among you may increase to overflowing your pride in Jesus Christ on myaccount.27But you must always behave in a way that is worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come toyou and see for myself or whether I only hear al about you from a distance, I shall find that you are standing firmand united in spirit, battling, as a team with a single aim, for the faith of the gospel,28undismayed by any of your opponents. This will be a clear sign, for them that they are to be lost, andfor you that you are to be saved.29This comes from God, for you have been granted the privilege for Christ's sake not only of believing inhim but of suffering for him as wel ;30you are fighting the same battle which you saw me fighting for him and which you hear I am fightingstill.