Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Augustine: Christ as the foundation

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
    Feast of Mark the Evangelist
    As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him—you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:05
    Lord Jesus, you are my foundation.
    —1 Peter 2:4-8
    Whoever has Christ in his heart, so that no earthly or temporal things—not even those that are legitimate and allowed—are preferred to Him, has Christ as a foundation. But if these things be preferred, then even though a man seem to have faith in Christ, yet Christ is not the foundation to that man.
    ... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), The City of God, v. II, Marcus Dods, ed., as vol. 2 of The Works of Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Edinbugh: T & T Clark, 1871, XXI.26, p. 460 (see the book)
    See also 1 Pet. 2:4-8; Isa. 28:16; Luke 6:47-49; 1 Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:19-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Be in my heart, O Christ.
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