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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Concluding Remarks

Since the writing of Philippians, the Christian community has been inspired not only by the words of the apostle but by the example of the imprisoned leader who speaks with such affection, hope, and faith. One of the most beautiful and well known of Paul's letters, Philippians represents a reflection on the meaning of fidelity in the midst of trial. Paul's confidence that in all things “Christ is…proclaimed” ( 1, 18 ) transcends the threat of others' jealousy and rivalry. The Christological hymn of Philippians 2 not only inspired the Philippians to greater unity but also continues to invite believers of every age to imitate Christ. Paul's prayer for his fellow Christians is that they always be happy (Phil 4, 4–9 ). This serves as a model for our prayers for one another. Paul puts his own life before the Philippians, encouraging them to follow him in everything that he does and says. Paul then promises that the “God of peace will be with you” ( 4, 9 ). Such should be our prayer in attracting others to live the Christian life.

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