Saturday, June 03, 2017

Tertullian: the church

Saturday, June 3, 2017
    Feast of Edward King, Bishop of Lincoln, Teacher, 1910
    Commemoration of Martyrs of Uganda, 1886 & 1978
    [Jesus:] “Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.”
    —Matthew 18:19-20 (NIV)
    Wherever there are three persons, even though they are laymen, there is the church. Every man lives by his own faith, and God does not distinguish between classes... Since, in cases of necessity, you have the right to act as a priest, then you must also accept priestly discipline... It is God’s will that all of us should be in the right spiritual state, at any time or place, to administer His sacraments.
    ... Tertullian (Quintus S. Florens Tertullianus) (160?-230?), The Writings of Quintus Sept. Flor. Tertullianus, v. III, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1870, p. 11-12 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 18:19-20; Ex. 20:24; Matt. 28:20; 1 Cor. 5:4; Rev. 21:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, open my eyes to the existence of Your church wherever two or three are gathered.
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