Speaking of Jesus in a letter to a church in a town called Philippi, a couple thousand years ago, St. Paul wrote that , “Though (Jesus) was in the form of God, he did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, and being born in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:6)
Paul uses the ancient Greek word “Kenosis,” which translates roughly to "self-emptying." And more than simply being a one-time occurrence in time and space — the Son, 2nd part of the infinite mystery that we call the Trinity, “emptying” himself in some way to take on human flesh -- this word reveals something cosmic, fundamental:
The nature of God is self-emptying love, Father to Son, Son to Spirit, Spirit to Father, on and on forever.
One empties into another with the full confidence that they will be filled up again.
And this isn’t only the nature of God, it’s also God’s invitation to us, to learn kenosis, the act and the art of self-emptying love.
Like a well, love back fills, fills from the bottom.
We only learn how deep this Love goes as we take some off the top and give it away.
This is a position of trust, trusting that as we self-empty we will be refilled.
Conversely, as long as we protect what is ours, hold on to what we feel keeps us safe -- our status, our endless ambition, our false/projected sense of self, our contingency plans, our distractions, our little joys -- as long as we protect these things, the water level will remain largely the same.
And still water stagnates. In order for water to be sterile, drinkable, enjoyable — there must be a flow.
Jesus’ life is a demonstration of that flow. Letting go of the attitudes and behaviors that would diminish the Divine flow in order to hold on to the attitudes and behaviors that allow the Divine flow and move us to life and more life.