Friday, July 16, 2021

Hilton: seek the grace

Friday, July 16, 2021
    Commemoration of Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, 1099
    If you know that [the Lord] is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
    —1 John 2:29 (NIV)
    Seek, then, that which thou hast lost, that thou mayest find it; for well I wot, whosoever once hath an inward sight, but a little of that dignity and that spiritual fairness which a soul hath by creation, and shall have again by grace, he will loathe in his heart all the bliss, the liking and the fairness of this world, as the stink of carrion; and he will never have any will or mind to do other deed, night or day (save what mere need of nature requireth) but desire, mourn, seek, and pray how he may come again thereto.
    Nevertheless inasmuch as thou hast not as yet seen what it is fully, for thy spiritual eye is not yet opened, I shall tell thee one word for all, in the which thou shalt seek, desire and find it; for in that one word is all that thou hast lost. This word is Jesus: I mean not this word Jesus painted upon the wall, as written in letters on the book, or formed by lips in sound of the mouth, or framed in thy m ind by imagination, for in this wise may a man that is void of charity find Him; but I mean Jesus Christ, that blessed Person, God and Man, Son of the Virgin Mary, whom this name betokeneth; that is all goodness, endless wisdom, love and sweetness, thy joy, thy glory, and thy everlasting bliss, thy God, thy Lord, and thy salvation.
    ... Walter Hilton (1330?-1396), The Scale of Perfection [early 15th century], ed. Serenus Cressy, I.iii.iii.ii (see the book)
    See also 1 John 2:29; Ps. 73:25; 119:40; Pr. 2:1-5; Matt. 7:7-8; 1 Cor. 13:12; Jas. 1:21; 2 Pet. 3:11-14; 1 John 1:6-7; 3:2-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your hold my treasure.
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