Saturday, October 04, 2014

Havergal: Jesus came!

Saturday, October 4, 2014
    Feast of Francis of Assisi, Friar, Deacon, Founder of the Friars Minor, 1226
    Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
    —Luke 5:31-32 (NIV)
Jesus came!—and came for me.
    Simple words! and yet expressing
Depths of holy mystery,
    Depths of wondrous love and blessing.

Holy Spirit, make me see
    All His coming means for me;
Take the things of Christ, I pray,
    Show them to my heart today.
    ... Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), The Poetical Works of Frances Ridley Havergal, New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1888, p. 167 (see the book)
    See also Luke 5:31-32; Matt. 9:10; Mark 2:17; John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 Tim. 1:15; 2 Tim. 1:10; Tit. 2:12-14; 3:4-7; Heb. 9:26
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have revealed Yourself to our hearts.

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