27 April 2015

This is Thankworthy before God

Happy Monday.  I thought this Sunday's Epistle from St. Peter and the Gospel from St. John were particularly instructive. My emphases:

DEARLY beloved: I beseech you, as strangers
and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from
carnal desires, which war against the soul,
having your conversation good among the
Gentiles; that whereas they speak against
you as evildoers, they may, by the good
works which they shall behold in you,
glorify God in the day of visitation. Be ye
subject therefore to every human creature
for God’s sake: whether it be to the king as
excelling, or to governors as sent by him for
the punishment of evildoers and for the
praise of the good: for so is the will of God,
that by doing well you may put to silence
the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and
not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but
as the servants of God. Honor all men: love
the brotherhood: fear God: honor the king.
Servants, be subject to your masters with all
fear, not only to the good and gentle, but
also to the froward. For this is thankworthy
before God: in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

AT THAT TIME Jesus said to His disciples: A
little while, and now you shall not see Me:
and again a little while, and you shall see
Me: because I go to the Father. Then some
of His disciples said to one another: What is
this that He saith to us: A little while, and
you shall not see me: and again a little while,
and you shall see Me, and, Because I go to
the Father. They said therefore: What is this
that He saith, A little while? We know not
what He speaketh. And Jesus knew that they
had a mind to ask Him. And He said to
them: Of this do you inquire among
yourselves, because I said: A little while,
and you shall not see Me: and again a little
while, and you shall see Me. Amen, amen, I
say to you, that you shall lament and weep,
but the world shall rejoice: and you shall be
made sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be
turned into joy. A woman, when she is in
labor, hath sorrow, because her hour is
come: but when she hath brought forth the
child, she remembereth no more the
anguish, for joy that a man is born into the
world. So also you now indeed have
sorrow: but I will see you again and your
heart shall rejoice: and your joy no man
shall take from you. 

1 comment:

Marc said...

I only pray that I remember such wisdom when the über trials come...and that I do not cave.