Sunday, July 16, 2023

Pascal: humble, without despair

Sunday, July 16, 2023
    Commemoration of Osmund, Bishop of Salisbury, 1099
    Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
    —Hebrews 10:19-22 (NIV)
    Jesus Christ is a God whom we approach without pride, and before whom we humble ourselves without despair.
    ... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) [1660], P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #528, p. 173 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 10:19-22; Ps. 118:22,23; Isa. 65:6-7; Matt. 7:7-11; 9:20-22; Luke 7:37-48; Rom. 8:15-17; 2 Cor. 12:7-9; Eph. 3:12; Heb. 4:16; 1 Pet. 2:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your grace upholds me.
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