Saturday, April 27, 2024

Clark: God's Name in the world

Sunday, April 28, 2024
    Commemoration of Peter Chanel, Religious, Missionary in the South Pacific, Martyr, 1841
    ...Hallowed be thy name.
    —Matthew 6:9 (KJV)
    We must be ready, indeed eager, to see God’s Name being hallowed outside the Church as well as inside. It may be that today the philosopher is honouring the Name of God when he insists that we should know what we mean when we utter our religious language and that we should be ready to have that meaning tested. It may be that other philosophers hallow the Name when they refuse to allow us to withdraw it to some supernatural realm, but insist on wrestling with the unknown God in the agony and joy of existence, crying with Jacob, “Tell me, I pray thee, thy Name.” And is not the scientist honouring the Name when he patiently and obediently follows where the evidence leads? Or the social scientist when he asks us to understand what is before we begin pronouncing what ought to be? God does not spend all His time in Church.
    ... Howard Hewlett Clark (1903-1983), “Sermon at the Opening Service,” included in Anglican Congress 1963: Report of Proceedings, Eugene Rathbone Fairweather, ed., Editorial Committee, Anglican Congress, 1963, p. 11 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 6:9; Gen. 32:24-29; Ps. 111:9; Mal. 1:11; Luke 1:48; 11:10; Phil. 2:9-11; 1 Tim. 6:15-16; Rev. 4:11; 5:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I hallow Your name in all my actions.
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