Sunday, February 04, 2024

Kierkegaard: easy to understand

Sunday, February 4, 2024
    Commemoration of Gilbert of Sempringham, Founder of the Gilbertine Order, 1189
    [Jesus:] “But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
    —Matthew 5:39 (NIV)
    It is all too easy to understand the requirements contained in God’s Word (“Give all your goods to the poor.” “If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the left.” “Count it sheer joy when you meet various temptations” etc.)... The most limited poor creature cannot truthfully deny being able to understand the requirements—but it is tough for flesh and blood to will to understand it and to have to act accordingly.
    ... Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), For Self-examination: and, Judge for Yourselves! And Three Discourses [1851], Oxford University Press, 1941, p. 34 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 5:39; 11:30; 18:21; Rom. 7:18-19; 8:3; 1 Cor. 9:27; Gal. 5:16-17; Jas. 1:2-3; 1 John 5:3-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I confess my weakness to You.
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