Monday, January 23, 2017

Brooks: orthodoxy

Monday, January 23, 2017
    Commemoration of Phillips Brooks, Bishop of Massachusetts, spiritual writer, 1893
    [Jesus:] “So for the sake of your tradition you [scribes and Pharisees] have made void the word of God. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”
    —Matthew 15:6b-9 (ESV)
    Orthodoxy is, in the Church, very much what prejudice is in the single mind. It is the premature conceit of certainty. It is the treatment of the imperfect as if it were the perfect.
    ... Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), Life and letters of Phillips Brooks, v. III, Alexander V. G. Allen, New York: E. P. Dutton, 1901, p. 74 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 15:1-9; Isa. 60:19-20; 1 Cor. 13:8-10; 2 Cor. 5:7; Rev. 21:22-23; 22:4-5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have sole authority in all things.
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