Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Andrewes: the demands of revelation

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    Feast of Lancelot Andrewes, Bishop of Winchester, Spiritual Writer, 1626
    Commemoration of Sergius of Radonezh, Russian Monastic Reformer, Teacher, 1392
    I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
    —Colossians 1:25-27 (NIV)
    The manifestation of God in the flesh the Evangelists set down by way of a history; the Apostle goes farther, and finds a deep mystery in it, and for a mystery commends it to us. Now there is difference between these two, many—this for one; that a man may hear a story, and never wash his hands, but a mystery requires both the hands and heart to be clean that shall deal with it.
    ... Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626), sermon for Christmas day, 1607, Ninety-six Sermons, v. I, Oxford: John Henry Parker, 1841, p. 32 (see the book)
    See also Col. 1:25-27; Rom. 16:25; Eph. 1:9-10; 3:2-9; Col. 2:2; 1 Tim. 3:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Wash me, Lord, that I may know the mystery of Your grace.
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