Saturday, January 31, 2015

Tillotson: wealth an opportunity for doing good

Saturday, January 31, 2015
    Commemoration of John Bosco, Priest, Founder of the Salesian Teaching Order, 1888
    If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
    —1 John 3:17 (NIV)
    Wealth and riches; that is, an estate above what sufficeth our real occasions and necessities, is in no other sense a blessing than as it is an opportunity put into our hands, by the providence of God, of doing more good.
    ... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. VI, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon CXLII, p. 551 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 3:17; Luke 12:15; Gal. 6:9-10; Jas. 2:6-7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make me more aware of the needs around me.
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