Friday, August 28, 2015

Augustine: from the beginning

Friday, August 28, 2015
    Feast of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Teacher, 430
    For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
    —Ephesians 1:4-6 (NIV)
    The love, therefore, wherewith God loveth, is incomprehensible and immutable. For it was not from the time that we were reconciled unto Him by the blood of His Son that He began to love us; but He did so before the foundation of the world, that we also might be His sons along with His Only-begotten, before as yet we had any existence of our own.
    ... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Lectures or Tractates on the Gospel according to St. John, vol. ii, Marcus Dods, ed., as vol. xi of The Works of Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Edinbugh: T & T Clark, 1884, tract. CX.6, p. 460 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 1:4-6; Jer. 1:5; John 15:16; 17:20-23; Rom. 8:17; 2 Cor. 5:18-19; 1 John 4:19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I cannot comprehend Your love for me.
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