Sunday, October 01, 2023

Newbigin: the absence of purpose

Sunday, October 1, 2023
    Commemoration of Remigius, Bishop of Rheims, Apostle of the Franks, 533
    Commemoration of Thérèse of Lisieux, Carmelite Nun, Spiritual Writer, 1897
    Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.”
    —John 5:17 (NIV)
    We have the evidence of the dichotomy that runs through our culture. We all engage in purposeful activity, and we judge ourselves and others in terms of success in achieving the purposes that we set before ourselves. Yet we accept as the final product of this purposeful activity a picture of the world from which purpose has been eliminated. Purpose is a meaningful concept in relation to our own consciousness of ourselves, but it is allowed no place in our understanding of the world of facts.
    ... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998), Foolishness to the Greeks: the Gospel and Western culture, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1986, p. 77-78 (see the book)
    See also John 5:17; Ps. 75:3; Rom. 9:22-24; 2 Cor. 5:21; Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3; Rev. 4:11
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, the cosmos is filled with Your purpose.
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