Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Nouwen: accomplishment?

Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    Feast of Aelred of Hexham, Abbot of Rievaulx, 1167
    Commemoration of Benedict Biscop, Abbot of Wearmouth, Scholar, 689
    We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly. Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.
    —1 Corinthians 4:10-13 (NIV)
    The question is not: How many people take you seriously? How much are you going to accomplish? Can you show some results? but: Are you in love with Jesus?
    ... Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996), In the name of Jesus [1989], New York: Crossroad, 1993, p. 24 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 4:10-13; Acts 4:18-20; 9:15-16; Col. 1:24; 1 Pet. 4:13-14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, strengthen our love for You.
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