Monday, July 11, 2022

Trench: If that in sight of God is great

Monday, July 11, 2022
    Feast of Benedict of Nursia, Father of Western Monasticism, c.550
    When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD.
    —Exodus 34:29 (NIV)
If that in sight of God is great
    Which counts itself for small,
We by that law humility
    The chiefest grace must call;
Which being such, not knows itself
    To be a grace at all.

How glorious was that meekest man
    In all eyes save his own,
When from his splendid countenance
    On all the people shone
A glory insupportable,
    Unto himself unknown.
    ... Richard Chenevix Trench (1807-1886), Poems, London: Macmillan, 1874, p. 148 (see the book)
    See also Ex. 34:29; Matt. 11:29; Mark 9:35; John 13:14-16; 1 Cor. 1:28-29; Eph. 4:2; Phil. 2:3-4; Col. 3:12; Jas. 1:9-10; 4:10; 1 Pet. 5:2-6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your radiance scatters humility on all Your people.

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