Thursday, June 11, 2009

Maurice: when unity will come

Thursday, June 11, 2009
    Feast of Barnabas the Apostle

    [Jesus:] “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.”
    —Matthew 10:32,33 (NIV)

    A united confession of the Name, a united Worship of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit,—such a Confession,—such a Worship as the past contains only a dim shadow and prophecy of—we have a right to look for. It may come when we least expect it; it will probably come after a period of darkness, fierce contention, utter disbelief. But the confession will only be united when we cease to confound our feeble expressions of trust and affiance, our praises and adorations, with Him to whom they rise, from whom they proceed; when we are brought to nothingness, that He may be shown to be all in all.
    ... Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), Lincoln’s Inn Sermons [1853], London: Macmillan, 1891, in six volumes, v. 2, p. 144 (see the book)

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me to worship You as I should.

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