Monday, September 03, 2018

Gregory: the old standard vs. the new

Monday, September 3, 2018
    Feast of Gregory the Great, Bishop of Rome, Teacher, 604
    He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need.
    —Ephesians 4:28 (NIV)
    Some think that the Old Testament is stricter than the New, but they are judging wrongly: they are fooling themselves. The old Law did not punish the desire to hold onto wealth: it punished theft. But now the rich man is not condemned because he has taken the property of others: rather, he is condemned for not giving his own property away.
    ... St. Gregory the Great (540?-604), from Homily 40 (see the book)
    See also Eph. 4:28; Matt. 19:21; Mark 10:21; Luke 3:11; 12:33; 16:20-31; 18:22; 21:1-4; 2 Cor. 8:2,12; 1 Tim. 6:18-19
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are the same, now and forever.
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