Friday, February 28, 2014

Bonhoeffer: in real time

Friday, February 28, 2014
    When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help.
    —Matthew 8:5 (NIV)
    We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God, who will thwart our plans and frustrate our ways time and again, even daily, by sending people across our path with their demands and requests. We can, then, pass them by, preoccupied with our important daily tasks, just as the priest—perhaps reading the Bible—passed by the man who had fallen among robbers. When we do that, we pass by the visible sign of the Cross raised in our lives to show us that God’s way, and not our own, is what counts.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Life Together [1954], tr. Daniel W. Bloesch & James H. Burtness, Fortress Press, 2004, p. 99 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 8:5; 9:20-22; 20:26-27; 23:11; Mark 5:25-34; 9:35; 10:43-44; Luke 8:43-48; 10:30-36; Acts 9:1-6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I never pass by Your Cross.
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