Friday, October 02, 2020

Weil: the appeal to the right people

Friday, October 2, 2020
    For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord’s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ’s slave.
    —1 Corinthians 7:22 (NIV)
    The wives of the fishermen were going in procession to make a tour of the ships, carrying candles and singing what must certainly be very ancient hymns of a heart-rending sadness. Nothing can give any idea of it. I have never heard anything so poignant, unless it were the song of the boatmen on the Volga. There the conviction was suddenly borne in upon me that Christianity is pre-eminently the religion of slaves, that slaves cannot help belonging to it, and I among others.
    ... Simone Weil (1909-1943), Waiting for God, Emma Craufurd, tr., Putnam, 1951, p. 67 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 7:20-23; Rom. 8:15; Phil. 4:22; Phlmn. 1:15-16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your voice has called us out of our slavery.
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