Saturday, June 12, 2021

Foxe: discomfort in the pews

Saturday, June 12, 2021
    Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
    When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?”
    Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
    —Matthew 19:23-26 (NIV)
    With his continual doctrine [Bishop Hooper] adjoined due and discreet correction, not so much severe to any as to them which for abundance of riches, and wealthy state, thought they might do what they listed. And doubtless he spared no kind of people, but was indifferent to all men, as well rich as poor, to the great shame of no small number of men now-a-days; whereof many we see so addicted to the pleasing of great and rich men, that in the mean time they have no regard to the meaner sort of poor people, whom Christ hath bought as dearly as the other.
    ... John Foxe (1516-1587), The Book of Martyrs, v. III, London: George Virtue, 1844, p. 41 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 19:23-24; Isa. 61:1-3; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 6:30; Acts 20:35; 2 Cor. 9:6-7; Gal. 2:10; Jas. 2:2-9; 1 John 3:17-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, forbid that I discriminate against the poor.
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