Gregory: an eternal reward
Feast of Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher, 604
For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.
—James 1:11 (NIV)
Don’t let any abusive word from your neighbor stir up hatred in you, and don't allow any loss of things that pass away to upset you. If you are steadfast in fearing the loss of those things that last forever, you will never take seriously the loss of those that pass away; if you keep your eyes fixed on the glory of our eternal recompense, you will not resent a temporal injury. You must bear with those who oppose you, but also love those you bear with. Seek an eternal reward in return for your temporal losses.
... St. Gregory the Great (540?-604), Be Friends of God: spiritual readings, Cowley Publications, 1990, p. 61 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, all things of this life are temporary, apart from Your word.
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