Thursday, August 27, 2015

Tauler: receiving the Creator

Thursday, August 27, 2015
    Feast of Monica, Mother of Augustine of Hippo, 387
    [John the Baptizer:] “He must become greater; I must become less.”
    —John 3:30 (NIV)
    Verily, if thou desirest to have the Creator of all creatures, thou must renounce all creatures; for it cannot be otherwise, but only insomuch as thy soul is emptied and bared; the less of the creature, the more of God: this is but a [fair] bargain.
    ... Johannes Tauler (ca. 1300-1361), The Inner Way, Sermon II (see the book)
    See also John 3:30; Isa. 9:7; 53:2-3; Luke 14:26; John 12:25; Acts 13:36-37; 1 Cor. 3:5; 2 Cor. 12:9; Phil. 2:5-7; Col. 1:18; Heb. 3:2-6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, help me to discard love for the things of this world.
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