Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Andrewes: look on it

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
    Feast of Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, Spiritual Writer, 1626
    Commemoration of Sergius of Radonezh, Russian Monastic Reformer, Teacher, 1392
    The soldiers therefore came and broke the legs of the first man who had been crucified with Jesus, and then those of the other. But when they came to Jesus and found that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. Instead, one of the soldiers pierced Jesus’ side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water.
    —John 19:32-34 (NIV)
    Pierce that in you, that was the cause of Christ’s piercing, that is, sin and the lusts thereof... Look and be pierced with love of Him, who so loved you, that He gave Himself in this sort to be pierced for you.
    Look upon Him, and His heart opened, and from that gate of hope promise yourself, and look for all manner of things that good are.. the deliverance from the evil of our present misery [and] the restoring to the good of our primitive felicity... Look back upon it with some pain; for one way or other, look upon it we must.
    ... Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626), preached March 25, 1597, on Good Friday, Ninety-six Sermons, v. II, Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1841, p. 131-133,135 (see the book)
    See also John 19:32-34; Isa. 49:16; Zech. 12:10; Phil. 4:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me to endure that suffering You have ordained.
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