Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Babcock: society, not solitude

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
    Commemoration of Wilson Carlile, Priest, Founder of the Church Army, 1942
    [The Pharisees] said to him, “John’s disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but yours go on eating and drinking.”
    Jesus answered, “Can you make the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them?”
    —Luke 5:33-34 (NIV)
    How utterly opposed to the thought of Jesus Christ is all asceticism, all religious isolation and retreat from the world. His aim was not to get his followers out of the world, but to get them into the world. Society, not solitude, is the natural home of Christianity.
    ... Maltbie D. Babcock (1858-1901), Thoughts for Every-day Living, New York: C. Scribner’s sons, 1901, p. 42 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, make Your church a beacon of joy in You.
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