Saturday, March 19, 2022

Pascal: both truths

Saturday, March 19, 2022
    Feast of Joseph of Nazareth
    I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.
    —Romans 11:25 (NIV)
    The knowledge of God without that of man’s misery causes pride. The knowledge of man’s misery without that of God causes despair. The knowledge of Jesus Christ constitutes the middle course, because in Him we find both God and our misery.
    ... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #527, p. 173 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 11:25; Deut. 29:18-19; Hos. 6:6; Matt. 23:2-3,8-12; Luke 20:46-47; Rom. 7:24; 12:3; 1 Cor. 8:1-3; Phil. 3:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me understanding of Your glory without pride.
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