Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Smith: talking or quiet

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
    Feast of Hilda, Abbess of Whitby, 680
    Commemoration of Elizabeth, Princess of Hungary, Philanthropist, 1231
    Commemoration of Mechtild, Bèguine of Magdeburg, Mystic, Prophet, 1280
    Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
    —Luke 2:51-52 (NIV)
    [At the Garden of Olives Monastery]
    “Why are you all so quiet all the time?” I say, still whispering at him in this hoarse voice.
    “We are teachers and workers,” he says, “not talkers.”
    “Workers, O.K.,” I say, “but how can a teacher be quiet all the time and teach anybody anything?”
    “Christ was the best,” he says, thinking of something. “He lived thirty-three years. Thirty years he kept quiet; three years he talked. Ten to one for keeping quiet.”
    ... Franc Smith, Harry Vernon at Prep, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1959, p. 134 (see the book)
    See also Luke 2:51-52; Isa. 53:7; Matt. 13:34; 27:14; John 2:4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I meditate on the goodness of Your life, that my own life might reflect it.
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