Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Augustine: Thy word, visible

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
    Commemoration of Katherine of Alexandria, Martyr, 4th century
    My lover is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice.
    —Song of Solomon 2:9 (NIV)
    Thy word remaineth for ever, which word now appeareth unto us in the riddle of the clouds, and through the mirror of the heavens, not as it is: because that even we, though the well beloved of thy Son, yet it hath not yet appeared what we shall be. He looked through the lattice of our flesh and he spake us fair, yea, he set us on fire, and we hasten on his scent. But when he shall appear, then shall we be like him, for we shall see him as he is: as he is, Lord, will our sight be, though the time be not yet.
    ... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), Confessions [397], Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1886, XIII.xv, p. 366 (see the book)
    See also Song of Solomon 1:3; 2:9; Isa. 40:6-8; 1 Cor. 13:12; 1 John 3:2
Quiet time reflection:
    Your people shall become the fulfillment of Your promises, Lord.
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