Saturday, July 06, 2019

More: for his enemies

Saturday, July 6, 2019
    Feast of John Huss, Reformer, Martyr, 1415
    Feast of Thomas More, Scholar & Martyr, &
    John Fisher, Bishop & Martyr, 1535
    [Jesus:] ... But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you...
    —Matthew 5:44 (NIV)
    Almighty and most gracious God, have mercy on N and N, and on all that bear evil to me, and wish me harm; and by every such easy, tender, and merciful means as Thine infinite goodness best can devise, vouchsafe to amend and redress them: and make us saved souls together in heaven, where we may ever live and love together with Thee and Thy blessed saints, This grant, O sacred and glorious Trinity, for the bitter passion of our sweet Lord and Saviour Christ. Amen.
    ... Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), Sir Thomas More: a selection from his works, ed. William Joseph Walter, Baltimore: F. Lucas, 1841, p. 305 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:43-47; Luke 6:27-28,35; Rom. 12:14,20-21; 1 Pet. 3:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach us to follow Your example towards those who are spiteful to us.
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