Sunday, January 26, 2020

Blake: the mind the gift of Jesus

Sunday, January 26, 2020
    Feast of Timothy and Titus, Companions of Paul
    Commemoration of Dorothy Kerin, Founder of the Burrswood Healing Community, 1963
    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
    —James 1:17 (NIV)
    Remember: he who despises and mocks a mental gift in another, calling it pride, and selfishness, and sin, mocks Jesus, the giver of every mental gift, which always appear to the ignorance-loving hypocrite as sins. But that which is a sin in the sight of cruel men, is not so in the sight of our kind God. Let every Christian, as much as in him lies, engage himself openly and publicly before all the world in some mental pursuit for the building up of [the Kingdom].
    ... William Blake (1757-1827), Poems of William Blake, ed. William Butler Yeats, London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1893, p. 203 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 1:17; Pr. 2:6; Matt. 6:33; 7:11; Luke 11:13; Rom. 6:23; 12:6-8; 1 Tim. 4:13-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I never scorn Your gifts.
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