Sunday, September 17, 2023

Edwards: the clarity of humility

Sunday, September 17, 2023
    Feast of St. Hildegard, Abbess of Bingen, Visionary, 1179
    But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
    —James 4:6 (NIV)
    Nothing sets a person so much out of the devil’s reach as humility, and so prepares the mind for true divine light without darkness, and so clears the eye to look on things as they truly are.
    ... Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), The Works of Jonathan Edwards, A.M., v. I, London: William Ball., 1839, p. 399 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 4:6-10; Ps. 25:9; 51:17; Isa. 57:15; 66:2; Mic. 6:8; Matt. 5:3; 11:29; 23:12; Mark 10:43-44; Luke 1:52; John 13:14-16; 1 Cor. 10:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me the clear vision of humility.
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