Monday, August 08, 2022

Lewis: shadows of glory

Monday, August 8, 2022
    Feast of Dominic, Priest, Founder of the Order of Preachers, 1221
Meditation:
    No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
    —Revelation 22:3-5 (NIV)
Quotation:
    The faint, far-off results of those energies which God’s creative rapture implanted in matter when He made the worlds are what we now call physical pleasures; and even thus filtered, they are too much for our present management. What would it be to taste at the fountain-head that stream of which even these lower reaches prove so intoxicating? Yet that, I believe, is what lies before us... As St. Augustine said, the rapture of the saved soul will “flow over” into the glorified body. In the light of our present specialized and depraved appetites, we cannot imagine this [torrent of pleasure], and I warn everyone most seriously not to try. But it must be mentioned, to drive out thoughts even more misleading—thoughts that what is saved is a mere ghost, or that the risen body lives in numb insensibility. The body was made for the Lord, and these dismal fancies are wide of the mark.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Weight of Glory, and other addresses, Macmillan Co., 1949, p. 14 (see the book)
    See also Rev. 22:1-5; Ps. 8:3-8; Isa. 60:1-3; Col. 3:4; Heb. 1:3; 2:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have promised us glory.
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Sunday, August 07, 2022

John of Damascus: Let us rise in early morning

Sunday, August 7, 2022
    Commemoration of John Mason Neale, Priest, Poet, 1866
Meditation:
    We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
    —Romans 8:22-23 (NIV)
Quotation:
Let us rise in early morning,
    And, instead of ointments, bring
Hymns of praises to our Master,
    And His Resurrection sing:
We shall see the Sun of Justice
    Risen with healing on His wing.

Thy unbounded loving-kindness,
    They that groaned in Hades’ chain,
Prisoners, from afar beholding,
    Hasten to the light again;
And to that eternal Pascha
    Wove the dance and raised the strain.

Go ye forth, His Saints, to meet Him!
    Go with lamps in every hand!
From the sepulchre He riseth:
    Ready for the Bridegroom stand:
And the Pascha of salvation
    Hail, with His triumphant band.
    ... John of Damascus (c.676-749) & John Mason Neale (1818-1866), Hymns of the Eastern Church, London: J. T. Hayes, 1870, p. 100 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 8:22-23; Ps. 5:3; 59:16; Ps. 90:14; Rom. 6:9-10; 2 Cor. 13:4; Rev. 1:17-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your people join the celebration of Your victory.

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Saturday, August 06, 2022

Barth: self-justification

Saturday, August 6, 2022
Meditation:
    As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
    —Romans 3:10-12 (NIV)
Quotation:
    The man who really prays never attempts to justify himself. In true prayer, he knows that he cannot do so.
    ... Karl Barth (1886-1968), Church Dogmatics, v. II, part 2 [1957], Continuum International Publishing Group, 2004, p. 752 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 3:10-12,22-23; 1 Cor. 6:11; 1 John 1:9; 5:16-17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I have fallen from Your will.
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Friday, August 05, 2022

Tauler: mercy

Friday, August 5, 2022
    Feast of Oswald, King of Northumbria, Martyr, 642
Meditation:
    Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
    —Matthew 5:7 (NIV)
Quotation:
    Mercy is the attribute that God shows forth in all His works: therefore a merciful man is a truly godlike man. For mercy is brought forth by love and kindness. Therefore the true Friends of God are much more merciful, and more ready to believe in the sinful and suffering, than those who are not loving. Mercy is born of that love which we ought to exercise towards each other.
    ... Johannes Tauler (ca. 1300-1361), The Inner Way, Sermon XXV (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:7; Hos. 6:6; Amos 5:24; Mic. 6:8; Luke 6:36; Col. 3:12-13; Jas. 2:12-13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, increase our love.
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Thursday, August 04, 2022

Phillips: the coincidence of the material and the spiritual

Thursday, August 4, 2022
    Feast of John Vianney, Curè d’Ars, 1859
Meditation:
    Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ?
    —1 Corinthians 10:16 (NIV)
Quotation:
    As every pilgrim in the spiritual life knows, it is hard to hold the unseen in our mental and spiritual grasp. Visions of eternal truth, crystal-clear at the time, have a disconcerting way of fading from our memory. But here I may reassure myself. Here I know that Christ Himself, taking pity on our blindness, and understanding our limitations, is allowing the seen and the unseen, the material and the spiritual, to coincide. Here, by His appointment, I can receive and absorb things that are physical and know that they are really things which are spiritual. It is no mere piece of bread or sip of wine that I receive—I receive the very Body and Blood of Christ into my own imperfect self.
    ... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Appointment with God, New York, Macmillan, 1954, p. 36 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:27; 2 Cor. 4:18; 5:7; Col. 1:15; 1 Tim. 1:17; Heb. 11:1
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I receive You by the bread and wine.
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Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Saphir: creed vs. actuality

Wednesday, August 3, 2022
Meditation:
    God presented [Jesus] as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished—he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
    —Romans 3:25-26 (NIV)
Quotation:
    It is one thing to believe in justification by faith, it is another thing to be justified by faith.
    ... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 73 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 3:25-26; Matt. 9:12-13; Rom. 1:16-17; 4:20-22; Phil. 3:8-11; Gal. 2:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, transform the theoretical belief into a reality for all Your people.
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Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Barclay: redemption eternally

Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Meditation:
    ... for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
    —1 Corinthians 8:6 (NIV)
Quotation:
    To speak of the pre-existence of the Son is to say that God did not begin to redeem men when Jesus Christ came into this world, but that throughout all ages the redeeming power and the sacrificial work of God had been at work. To speak of the pre-existence of the Son means that the love which was demonstrated on Calvary is an eternal movement of the heart of God to men.
    ... William Barclay (1907-1978), The Mind of St. Paul, Harper & Row, 1975, p. 59 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 8:5-6; Gen. 22:17-18; Isa. 45:18; John 1:1-3,10; 5:17; Eph. 1:18-23; Col. 1:15-17; Heb. 1:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have provided for us from all eternity.
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