Saturday, September 29, 2018

Eckhart: virtue made easy

Saturday, September 29, 2018
    Feast of Michael & All Angels
    He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
    —Isaiah 53:3-4 (NIV)
    We would fain be humble; but not despised. To be despised and rejected is the heritage of virtue. We would be poor too, but without privation. And doubtless we are patient, except with hardships and with disagreeables. And so with all the virtues.
    ... Meister Eckhart (1260?-1327?), Works of Meister Eckhart, London: J. M. Watkins, 1924, p. 45 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 53:3-4; Ps. 22:6-8; 69:10-12,19-20; Isa. 50:6; Matt. 5:3-11; 26:67; 27:39-44; Heb. 12:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach me to seek Your way, not the easy way.
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