Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Erasmus: the greater work of redemption

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
    Commemoration of Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189
    [Jesus:] “Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...” He said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”
    —Luke 5:23-24 (NIV)
    How much more wonderful the work of redemption is in comparison with creation. It is more marvelous that God was made man than that He created the angels. That He wailed in a stable, wrapped in swaddling clothes, rather than that He reigns in the heavens He created... The creation of the world was a work of power, but the redemption of the world was a work of mercy.
    ... Desiderius Erasmus (1466?-1536), The Essential Erasmus, J. P. Dolan, ed., New York: New American Library, 1964, p. 231-232 (see the book)
    See also Luke 5:23-24; Job 38:4-7; Matt. 9:5; 16:13-17; Mark 2:9; Luke 2:6-7; 21:28; Rom. 3:22-24; 8:23; 1 Cor. 1:30; Heb. 1:14; John 5:27
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, without Your mercy, I am lost.
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