Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Amiel: the gate

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
    Feast of Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher, 604
    [Jesus:] “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
    —Luke 15:7 (NIV)
    By saying “Joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance,” [Jesus] made humility the very gate into paradise.
    ... Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881), The Journal Intime of Henri-Frédéric Amiel, tr. Mrs. Humphry Ward, New York: Macmillan, 1885, p. 263 (see the book)
    See also Luke 15:4-7; Pr. 3:34; Matt. 11:29; 18:12-14; Luke 1:52; 5:32; Eph. 4:2; Jas. 1:9; 4:6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me the humility of Your heart.
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