PHILIPPIANS 3; 17 - 4: 1

St Paul urges the Philippians not to follow those whose minds are set on earthly things. As Christians we expect our Saviour to come and transform our bodies.

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Philippians.

Philippians 3: 17 - 4: 1

 Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation so that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself.

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.