Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Juliana of Norwich: the deepest pit

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
    Feast of Juliana of Norwich, Mystic, Teacher, c.1417
    Commemoration of Dallas Willard, Teacher, Spiritual Writer, 2013
    [Jesus:] “If your hand or your foot causes you to sin cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.”
    —Matthew 18:8-9 (NIV)
    If afore us were laid together all the pains in Hell... and in Earth—death and the rest—and by itself, sin, we would rather choose all that pain than sin. For sin is so vile and so greatly to be hated that it may be likened to no pain that is not sin. To me was shown no harder hell than sin.
    ... Juliana of Norwich (1342?-1417), Revelations of Divine Love, Grace Harriet Warrack, ed., Methuen, 1901, ch. XL (see the book)
    See also Matt. 18:8-9; 5:29-30; Mark 9:43-48; Rom. 4:8; 6:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me to hate my sin as You do.
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