Thursday, February 01, 2024

MacDonald: hard words

Thursday, February 1, 2024
    Commemoration of Brigid, Abbess of Kildare, c.525
    The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!”
    —Mark 10:24 (NIV)
    Our Lord was not in the habit of explaining away his hard words. He let them stand in all the glory of the burning fire wherewith they would purge us. Where their simplicity finds corresponding simplicity, they are understood.
    ... George MacDonald (1824-1905), “The Hardness of the Way”, in Unspoken Sermons, Second Series, London: Longmans, Green, 1886, p. 31 (see the book)
    See also Mark 10:24-25; Matt. 5:20,28,32,44; 6:5,16; 10:34-38; Luke 4:18-21,24-27; John 8:44
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your people are humbled by Your judgments.
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