Sunday, January 12, 2020

Gossip: the meaning of pain

Sunday, January 12, 2020
    Feast of Aelred of Hexham, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167
    Commemoration of Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth, Scholar, 689
    After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities. Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
    —Isaiah 53:11-12 (NIV)
    Pain is a kindly, hopeful thing, a certain proof of life, a clear assurance [that] all is not yet over, that there is still a chance. But if your heart has no pain, well, that may betoken health, as you suppose. But are you certain that it does not mean that your soul is dead?
    ... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), The Galilean Accent, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1926, p. 277 (see the book)
    See also Isa. 53:11-12; Gen. 50:20; Rom. 8:22,28; Heb. 2:9; 1 Pet. 2:21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, since You suffered so much for me, I must not refuse the small discomforts that You permit for my chastening.
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