Saturday, November 03, 2012

Bonhoeffer: the bearer of the Word

Saturday, November 3, 2012
    Feast of Richard Hooker, Priest, Anglican Apologist, Teacher, 1600
    Commemoration of Martin of Porres, Dominican Friar, 1639
    Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.
    —1 Timothy 4:13 (NIV)
    The Christian needs another Christian who speaks God’s Word to him. He needs him again and again when he becomes uncertain and discouraged, for by himself he cannot help himself without belying the truth. He needs his brother as a bearer and proclaimer of the divine word of salvation. He needs his brother solely because of Jesus Christ. The Christ in his own heart is weaker than the Christ in the word of his brother; his own heart is uncertain, his brother’s is sure.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together [1954], tr. Daniel W. Bloesch & James H. Burtness, Fortress Press, 2004, p. 23 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I have received Your word from my brethren.
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