Monday, February 01, 2016

Bonhoeffer: Jesus, the universal center

Monday, February 1, 2016
    Commemoration of Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525
    For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
    —Romans 5:10-11 (ESV)
    No man can look with undivided vision at God and at the world of reality so long as God and the world are torn asunder. Try as he may, he can only let his eyes wander distractedly from one to the other. But there is a place at which God and the cosmic reality are reconciled, a place at which God and man have become one. That and that alone is what enables man to set his eyes upon God and the world at the same time. This place does not lie somewhere out beyond reality in the realm of ideas. It lies in the midst of history as a divine miracle. It lies in Jesus Christ, the reconciler of the world.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Ethics, tr. Reinhard Krauss, Charles C. West, Douglas W. Stott, Fortress Press, 2005, reprint, Simon and Schuster, 2012, p. 82 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 5:10-11; Matt. 12:25; John 1:9-14; Rom. 8:6-8; 2 Cor. 5:18-19; Eph. 2:14-16; Col. 1:19-22; Heb. 2:17; 7:25
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are my only hope of reconciliation.
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