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, August 18, 2009

Believe, Hope, Love

1 Peter 5:5

In the Old Testament there is a veiling of the New, and in the New Testament there is a revealing of the Old. According to that veiling, fleshly people once were and continue to be dominated by fear of punishment. But according to the revealing, spiritual people have been freed by the gift of love. They knocked in holiness and even hidden things opened up to them. And now they seek without pride, fearing lest even revealed things be closed up to them.

There is nothing more contrary to love than envy, and envy comes from pride. Consequently, the Lord Jesus Christ, the God-Man, both discloses Divine love towards us and serves as an example of human humility for us. As a result, our great swelling can be cured by a greater counteracting remedy. For in pride there is great misery. But there is even greater mercy in God's humility. Therefore, make this love your goal. Refer all that you say to it. Whatever you speak, speak it in such a way that those you converse with may believe when they hear you, upon believing they might hope, and I upon hoping they might love.
—Augustine of Hippo

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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