Monday, September 27, 2021

Jones: Christian liberty

Monday, September 27, 2021
    Feast of Vincent de Paul, Founder of the Congregation of the Mission (Lazarists), 1660
    To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
    —John 8:31-32 (NIV)
    At first sight, you felt [the Beatitudes] turned everything upside down. At second sight, you understand that they turn everything right side up. The first time you read them they are impossible. The second time you read them, nothing else is possible. The beatitudes are not a chart for Christian duty. They are a charter for Christian liberty.
    ... E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973), from speech at Emory University, 1966 (see the book)
    See also John 8:31-32; Isa. 61:1-2; Matt. 5:3-12; Luke 4:18-19; 6:20-23; John 8:36; 2 Cor. 3:17; Gal. 5:1,13
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I pray that Your freedom may come to ____ and ____.
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