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.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Christ’s Temple

Deuteronomy 15:7

The true temple of Christ is the believer's soul. Decorate it, dress it, offer gifts to it, welcome Christ in it. For what use are walls that blaze with jewels when Christ, in His poor people, is in dan­ger of starving to death?

Your possessions aren't yours anymore, but they have been entrusted to your stewardship. Remember Ananias and Sapphira—because they were afraid of the future, they kept what they owned. Be careful not to rashly waste what is Christ's. That is, don't fool­ishly give the poor's property to those who aren't poor. Otherwise, as a wise man once told us, charity would actually destroy charity.

For to be a Christian and not merely seem like one is the greatest thing. But, somehow or other, those who please the world most please Christ the least. I am warning you as a friend warns a friend before you embark on your new lifestyle. I would rather fail by my ability than by my will in serv­ing you. For I want you to keep your footing where I have fallen.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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