Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Augustine: hope for good

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
    Feast of Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, Teacher, Martyr, c.200
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
    —2 Corinthians 4:7-10 (ESV)
    We need not despair of any man, so long as he lives. For God deemed it better to bring good out of evil than not to permit evil at all.
    ... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Expositions on the Book of Psalms, v. II, Oxford: Parker, 1848, Ps. 37, sermon 1, vs. 19, p. 27 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 37:19; Matt. 7:11; Rom. 3:19; 2 Cor. 4:7-10; Gal. 3:22; Eph. 2:1-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I never despair over another of Your children.
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