Monday, September 21, 2020

Bonhoeffer: the church for the world

Monday, September 21, 2020
    Feast of Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist
    [Jesus:] “Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.”
    —Matthew 5:42 (NIV)
    The Church is her true self only when she exists for humanity. As a fresh start, she should give away all her endowments to the poor and needy. The clergy should live solely on the free-will offerings of their congregations, or possibly engage in some secular calling.
    ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), Letters and Papers from Prison, London: Macmillan, 1962, p. 239 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:40-42; 19:21; 25:34-40; 2 Cor. 4:5; 8:1-15; 9:6-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, lead Your people to serve Your will.
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