Monday, December 14, 2009

John of the Cross: but not of the world

Monday, December 14, 2009
    Feast of John of the Cross, Mystic, Poet, Teacher, 1591
    [Jesus:] Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
    —Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
    Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing.
    ... St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), from “Spiritual Maxims” inThe Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, Cosimo, Inc., 2007, p. 603 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    The treasure of Your presence appears to me in the faces of Your people.
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