Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Tuesday Mornings with Augustine

Isaiah 42:16

Turn to God

God doesn’t help us carry out sin, but without His help, we can’t do what is right or fulfill every part of the law of righteousness. Just as light doesn’t help us shut or avert our eyes, it helps us to see. In fact, the eye can’t see at all unless the light helps it. In the same way, the light of our souls helps our mental sight through His light and we can do good through His righteousness.

But if we turn away from Him, it is our own doing. We are then acting according to the wisdom of the flesh and have given in to our fleshly, lawless desires. Therefore, when we turn to God, He helps us; when we turn away from Him, He turns His back on us.

Even then, He helps us turn to Him. Certainly, this isn’t something the light does for the eyes. Therefore, when He commands, “Turn ye unto Me, and I will turn unto you,” what else can we say but, “Help us follow Your commands”?

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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