Paul's letter to the church in Philippi rings with joy and hopefulness. How could this be? After all, Paul wrote this letter while in a Roman prison... surely joy was the furthest thing from his mind. Think again! Paul's letter shows us a joy that transcends the circumstances of life because it is rooted in something far more lasting: The "koinonia" of the gospel. You see, Paul shares a deep fellowship with his Philippian brothers and sisters. This "koinonia" is far more than a "back-slapping friendship:" it is "a mutual sharing of the gospel of Christ and a partnership in the mission of Christ." Today we learn how a church like ours could benefit from pursuing this substantive fellowship that filled Paul with joy. Perhaps we too could experience this fullness of joy if we too took seriously the call to Christian "koinonia."
Canon Robert Hurkmans was the priest at St. James and St. Brendan from 2006 to 2018.