Thursday, August 20, 2015

Bernard: feed the sheep

Thursday, August 20, 2015
    Feast of Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux, Teacher, 1153
    Commemoration of William & Catherine Booth, Founders of the Salvation Army, 1912 & 1890
    When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?”
    “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
    Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
    —John 21:15 (NIV)
    To preach the Gospel is to feed the sheep. Do the work of an evangelist, and you have done the work of a shepherd.
    ... Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), On Consideration, tr. George Lewis, Clarendon Press, 1908, IV.iii.6, p. 104 (see the book)
    See also John 21:15-17; Ps. 89:15; Isa. 40:11; Matt. 4:23; 28:18-20; Acts 5:20; 10:36; Rom. 1:16-17; Gal. 3:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, place Your Gospel in my mouth.
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