Sunday, January 20, 2013

Rolle: fastened on God

Sunday, January 20, 2013
    Commemoration of Richard Rolle of Hampole, Writer, Hermit, Mystic, 1349
    Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
    —1 Timothy 6:18-19 (NIV)
    It behooves thee to love God wisely; and that may thou not do but if thou be wise. Thou art wise when thou art poor, without desire of this world, and despisest thyself for the love of Jesus Christ; and expendeth all thy wit and all thy might in His service. Whoso will love wisely, it behooves him to love lasting things lastingly, and passing things passingly; so that his heart be set and fastened on nothing but in God.
    ... Richard Rolle (1290?-1349), A Little Book of Heavenly Wisdom: selections from some English prose mystics, Eleanor C. Gregory, ed., London: Methuen, 1904, p. 206 (see the book)
    See also John 7:17; Rom. 16:19; 1 Cor. 1:22-25; 3:18; Eph. 5:15-17; 1 Tim. 6:17-19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your promises are good for life.
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