Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Weil: the appeal to the right people

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
    Feast of Aidan, Bishop of Lindisfarne, Missionary, 651
    Commemoration of Cuthburga, Founding Abbess of Wimborne, c.725
    Commemoration of John Bunyan, Spiritual Writer, 1688
    For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord’s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ’s slave.
    —1 Corinthians 7:22 (NIV)
    The wives of the fishermen were going in procession to make a tour of the ships, carrying candles and singing what must certainly be very ancient hymns of a heart-rending sadness. Nothing can give any idea of it. I have never heard anything so poignant, unless it were the song of the boatmen on the Volga. There the conviction was suddenly borne in upon me that Christianity is pre-eminently the religion of slaves, that slaves cannot help belonging to it, and I among others.
    ... Simone Weil (1909-1943), Waiting on God [1951], Emma Craufurd, Putnam, 1951, p. 20 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your voice has called us out of our slavery.
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