Sunday, September 25, 2005

CQOD: 09/26/05 -- Gossip: no time for Christ

Christian Quotation of the Day

September 26, 2005
Commemoration of Wilson Carlile, Priest, Founder of the Church Army, 1942
    [From the explanation of the parable of the sower:] The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.
    -- Matthew 13:22 (NIV)

    Even those of us who are inside it will agree that, in the main, the Church and all for which it stands occupy a palpably smaller place in the life of the average member than it did in former days. We explain it on the ground that life has become fuller, and that, of necessity, our attention nowadays has to percolate over a wide area instead of rushing foam-flecked down a narrower channel—which is to say, in other words, that Christ is getting lost to us in the crush and throng of things, does not loom up as arresting, as unique, as all-important, as He did to our forefathers. Yet that, when you come to think of it, is no bad definition of unspirituality.
    ... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), From the Edge of the Crowd [1924]

Quiet time reflection:
    Have I been too busy to attend to God? Lord, reform my priorities, so that I place Christ first.

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