In Trial Or Opposition: Paul Desires That Christ Be Magnified (Wed. Oct 14)

Editor’s Note: this post is for Wednesday, October 14. My apologies for the error!The word of the day is “magnified.”  St. Paul writes our reading of Philippians 1:12-20 as he faces his trial and possible execution.  Paul spent two years under house arrest. Yet at any time while he was “in chains,” Paul could be taken to court before the Roman Emperor. Our reading suggests that Paul waited in uneasy anticipation throughout those years. He hoped and prayed  that God would be magnified by his inevitable ordeal, whether in life or death.In our reading, the Apostle states he is “appointed for the defense of the gospel” at his trial (vs. 17). Therefore, he asks for the prayers of his beloved congregation. Because…