Saturday, January 02, 2016

St. Basil: the uses of hope

Saturday, January 2, 2016
    Feast of Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops, Teachers, 379 & 389
    Commemoration of Seraphim, Monk of Sarov, Mystic, Staretz, 1833
    For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
    —Hebrews 6:10-12 (ESV)
    The labours of the farm do not seem strange to the farmer; the storm at sea is not unexpected by the sailor; sweat causes no wonder to the hired labourer; and so to those who have chosen to live the life of piety the afflictions of this world are not unforeseen. Nay, to each of the aforesaid is joined a labour that is appropriate and well known to those who share it—a labour that is not chosen for its own sake, but for the enjoyment of expected blessings. For hopes, which hold and weld together man’s entire life, give consolation for the hardships which fall to the lot of each of these.
    ... St. Basil the Great (330?-379), Saint Basil, the Letters, tr. Roy Joseph Deferrari, Martin Rawson, Patrick McGuire, London: William Heinemann, 1950, p. 119 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 6:10-12; Deut. 32:4; Ps. 23:4; Matt. 10:42; 25:40; Mark 9:41; John 13:20; 16:32-33; Acts 10:4; 14:21-22; Rom. 8:18; 2 Cor. 8:1-2; 2 Thess. 1:6-7; 2 Tim. 1:16-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, let that hope bloom ever greater in my heart.
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