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, October 2, 2009

Every Deed

Revelation 20:12

Every good deed we do to our neighbors is entered in the Gospel, which is written on heavenly tablets and read by all who are worthy of the knowledge of the whole of things. But on the other hand, there is a part of the Gospel which condemns those who do the same evil deeds done to Jesus.

The Gospel includes the treachery of Judas and the shouts of the wicked crowd when it said, "Away with such a one from the earth," "Crucify Him, crucify Him," the mockings of those who crowned Him with thorns, and everything of that kind. There are those who still have thorns with which they crown and dishonor Jesus namely, those peo­ple who are choked by the cares, riches, and pleas­ures of life. Though they have received the Word of God, they don't carry it out.

Therefore, we must beware, lest we crown Jesus with thorns of our own. In that case those who are learning about Jesus— who is in all and present with all who are rational and holy—would be reading about us in that light, and about how Jesus is anointed with oil and dined and praised, or on the other hand dishonored and mocked and beaten. All this helps show that both our good actions and the sins of those who stumble have their place in the Gospel, either to everlasting life or to guilt and everlasting shame.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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