Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Aldrich: at the point of need

Tuesday, June 1, 2021
    Feast of Justin, Martyr at Rome, c.165
    Commemoration of Angela de Merici, Founder of the Institute of St. Ursula, 1540
    ... the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”
    Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
    —Luke 5:30-32 (NIV)
    Jesus met a person at his point of need. We should, too. If his need is in the area of marriage, God has good news for him. If he is struggling with guilt, God has good news for him. Likewise God has good news for the person who needs love and affection, security or esteem... A caring friend who meets them with the gospel at a point of need is often the only way they will see through the caricatures to the real Christ.
    ... Joseph C. Aldrich (1941-2009), Lifestyle Evangelism, Multnomah Press, 1981, p. 88 (see the book)
    See also Luke 5:30-32; Isa. 53:4; Matt. 4:23; 8:14-17; 9:12; 14:15-21; Mark 2:4-12,16-17; 7:24-30; Luke 5:12-13; 7:22; John 4:7-24; 5:6-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have met my needs.
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