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Word’s from C.S. Lewis…

Today’s Reading

Traditional doctrine points to a sin against God, an act of disobedience, not a sin against the neighbour. And certainly, if we are to hold the doctrine of the Fall in any real sense, we must look for the great sin on a deeper and more timeless level than that of social morality.

This sin has been described by Saint Augustine as the result of Pride, of the movement whereby a creature (that is, an essentially dependent being whose principle of existence lies not in itself but in another) tries to set up on its own, to exist for itself. Such a sin requires no complex social conditions, no extended experience, no great intellectual development. From the moment a creature becomes aware of God as God and of itself as self, the terrible alternative of choosing God or self for the centre is opened to it. This sin is committed daily by young children and ignorant peasants as well as by sophisticated persons, by solitaries no less than by those who live in society: it is the fall in every individual life, and in each day of each individual life, the basic sin behind all particular sins: at this very moment you and I are either committing it, or about to commit it, or repenting it.

From The Problem of Pain
Compiled in A Year with C.S. Lewis

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Holy Scripture Reading, Joel 2: 12-13, NIVUK.

Joel 2:12-13 New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

Rend your heart

12 “‘Even now,’ declares the Lord,
    ‘return to me with all your heart,
    with fasting and weeping and mourning.’

13 Rend your heart
    and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
    for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
    and he relents from sending calamity.”

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When all Israel will be saved! (Jerusalem Connection)

When all Israel will be saved!

US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said: “The new anti-Semitism, targeting the State of Israel, is just a cleverly repackaged form of hatred against the Jewish people… a new antisemitism, characterized by the irrational, deceitful, and insidious vilification of Israel and its supporters under the guise of political commentary.”

“Citing the passage in the Passover Haggadah that states ‘in every generation they rise up against us,’ The authors of the Haggadah did not see antisemitism as capable of being eradicated some 2,000 years ago. And regrettably, today, neither do I. … But combating it is something we can do. It is a sacred responsibility we inherited from our parents and something we must leave to our children…I worry about the old antisemitism, but I never doubt that we will prevail in our fight against it.”

“This old antisemitism, however, has been superseded. The new antisemitism worries me a bit more. It is the irrational, deceitful, and insidious vilification of Israel and its supporters under the guise of political commentary. It is just a cleverly repackaged form of hatred against the Jewish people.”

Friedman also asserted that this new antisemitism is acceptable in polite society in a way the old antisemitism is not.

God says: “Then Haman said to King Xerxes, “There is a certain people dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom who keep themselves separate. Their customs are different from those of all other people, and they do not obey the king’s laws; it is not in the king’s best interest to tolerate them. If it pleases the king, let a decree be issued to destroy them.”…“O God, do not remain silent; do not turn a deaf ear, do not stand aloof, O God. See how your enemies growl, how your foes rear their heads. With cunning they conspire against your people; they plot against those you cherish. “Come,” they say, “let us destroy them as a nation, so that Israel’s name is remembered no more.” With one mind they plot together; they form an alliance against you” (Esther 3:8, Psalms 83:1-8)

The Jerusalem Connection says: Sadly, this anti-Semitism is only going to increase exponentially until, according to the Scriptures, they are about to experience total annihilation. At which time a remnant of their religious leaders will cry out “Blessed is He that comes in the name of Yahweh.” Then – and only then will all Israel be saved!

Word’s from C.S. Lewis…

Today’s Reading

Letter to Dom Bede Griffiths, O.S.B.: from Magdalen College, 16 April 1940

The practical problem about charity (in our prayers) is very hard work, isn’t it? When you pray for Hitler & Stalin, how do you actually teach yourself to make the prayer real? The two things that help me are (a) A continual grasp of the idea that one is only joining one’s feeble little voice to the perpetual intercession of Christ, who died for those very men (b) A recollection, as firm as one can make it, of all one’s own cruelty which might have blossomed, under different conditions, into something terrible. You and I are not, at bottom, so different from these ghastly creatures.

*I loved/Love the Benedictine, O.S.B. Bede Griffiths, but I DON”T believe Christ’s Death affected Hitler or Stalin, save to Judge them! Lewis is sometimes a poor exegete of Scripture, and certainly misses some Systematic Theology in my opinion. (Fr. R.) If you have not read some of Bede Griffiths? I recommend him!

From Letters of C. S. Lewis

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Holy Scripture Reading, James 1:12, NIVUK.

Verse of the Day

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

*This Book or so-called Letter of James is one of my NT favorites, i.e. Christians are to live with the wisdom that befits the followers of Jesus Christ!

James 1:12 NIVUK

Holy Scripture Reading, Ephesians 6: 10-11, NIVUK.

Verse of the Day

[ The armour of God ] “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”

*Biblical Warfare and the Armour of God!

Ephesians 6:10-11 NIVUK

Holy Scripture Reading, Jeremiah 17: 7-8, NIVUK.

Verse of the Day

‘But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.’

Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIVUK