St.Paul's assertiveness in his contentment and ability to be at peace in all circumstances stems from the awareness of the One to whom he most belongs. It is through this essential relationship and confident surrender to God that we can all find the 'secret' that St. Paul has learned. It is an ongoing work that requires continual trust and the renewal of faith.
Through this letter we are not being instructed by one to whom all was glorious and joyful. We meet St. Paul as he addresses the Christians of Philippi while imprisoned.
From this captivity we hear the voice of true freedom and true joy found through Christ alone. We read these words today through our modern gaze and our perception of contentment is called into question. It is here our ideals can be challenged, and the boundaries of our self created prisons destructed.
Let us entrust ourselves entirely to our loving Father and strive to attain the peace of St. Paul by lowering ourselves in humble joyful service to God. We can do all this through him who gives us strength. To be at peace and upright of heart does not stem from only knowing prosperity; true peace and true joy is birthed in us through knowing God. (CC)