Friday, August 28, 2020

Augustine: the reward of faith

Friday, August 28, 2020
    Feast of Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Teacher, 430
    [Jesus:] “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me.”
    —John 6:44 (NIV)
    Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that you may understand.
    ... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Lectures or Tractates on the Gospel according to St. John, vol. i, Marcus Dods, ed., as vol. x of The Works of Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Edinbugh: T & T Clark, 1873, tract. XXIX.6, p. 405 (see the book)
    See also John 6:44-45; Jer. 31:34; John 6:38-40; 7:14-18; 16:13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You teach truth and grant Your people faith to understand.
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