Friday, May 09, 2014

Thomas a Kempis: charity

Friday, May 9, 2014
    And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
    —1 Corinthians 13:3 (KJV)
    Without charity no work profiteth, but whatsoever is done in charity, howsoever small and of no reputation it be, bringeth forth good fruit; for God verily considereth what a man is able to do, more than the greatness of what he doth.
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, I.xv.1, p. 50 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 13:1-3; Mark 12:41-44; Rom. 8:29-30,37; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; 1 Thess. 2:11-12; 2 Pet. 1:3,10; 1 John 3:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, ignite all my deeds with charitable love.
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