Tuesday, October 17, 2006

CQOD: 10/17/06 -- Rhymes: service and the church

Christian Quotation of the Day

October 17, 2006
Feast of Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Martyr, c.107
    For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
    -- 2 Corinthians 4:5 (KJV)

    The laity... living in the world as an integral part of it, is the primary body through which the reality of the phrase “the Church is service” has to be manifested in all spheres of secular life: the Church has to show in her own life and attitude towards others the evidences of the redemptive order which is in Christ an operative fact: Christ the Lord is also Christ the servant: the Church which is the lord of all life is also the servant of all life, and the lordship is shown only through the service. The world wants to see redemption: it is not interested in being talked to about it. A church which is not outward looking... has ceased to be a church as the Body of Christ and has instead become a club for the benefit of its members.
    ... Douglas Rhymes (1914-1996)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me a willing spirit, and show me how I must serve.

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