Sunday, August 10, 2014

Clark: becoming common

Sunday, August 10, 2014
    Feast of Lawrence, Deacon at Rome, Martyr, 258
    [Jesus:] “For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and “sinners.”’”
    —Luke 7:33-34 (NIV)
    Must we then have strange music... unlike the world’s music, and a special language with an imagery that illuminates the minds only of the religious? Or dare we do what our Lord did, and see the Name hallowed in all life that is real and honest and good? Indeed, it was a scandal to the religious men of Jesus’ day when they saw what He did with sacred things. With Jesus all life was sacred and nothing was profane until sin entered in. And so it was that the word “common,” which used to mean profane and unclean, became the New Testament word for the Communion of Saints and for the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
    ... Howard Hewlett Clark (1903-1983), “Sermon at the Opening Service,” included in Anglican Congress 1963: Report of Proceedings, Eugene Rathbone Fairweather, ed., Editorial Committee, Anglican Congress, 1963, p. 11 (see the book)
    See also Luke 7:33-34; Ps. 101:2-3; Matt. 9:10; 11:18-19; Mark 2:15; 12:38-40; Luke 5:29; 15:1; 19:5; John 14:23; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 1 John 1:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your touch makes the profane sacred.
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