Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thomas a Kempis: temporal vs. eternal

Thursday, January 19, 2017
    Commemoration of Wulfstan, Bishop of Worcester, 1095
    Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
    —Matthew 19:21-22 (ESV)
    For a small reward, a man will hurry away on a long journey; while for eternal life, many will hardly take a single step.
    ... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ [1418], Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, III.iii.3, p.118 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 19:16-26; Ps. 49:16-19; Matt. 6:5-6; 13:22; Mark 10:17-27; Luke 12:15-21; 18:18-27; 1 Tim. 6:9-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You admonish my sloth. Grant that I may be energetic in the causes of the Kingdom.
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