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Cross in sunset

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Day 8

5.: That no one should glory save in the Cross of the Lord.

Consider, O man, how great the excellence in which the Lord has placed you because He has created and formed you to the image of His beloved Son according to the body and to His own likeness according to the spirit. (See Gen. 1. 26.)And all the creatures that are under heaven serve and know and obey their Creator in their own way better than you And even the demons did not crucify Him, but you together with them crucified Him and still crucify Him by taking delight in vices and sins. Wherefore then can you glory? For if you were so clever and wise that you possessed all science, and if you knew how to interpret every form of language and to investigate heavenly things minutely, you could not glory in all this, because one demon has known more of heavenly things and still knows more of earthly things than all men, although there may be some man who has received from the Lord a special knowledge of sovereign wisdom. In like manner, if you were handsomer and richer than all others, and even if you could work wonders and put the demons to flight, all these things are hurtful to you and in nowise belong to you, and in them you cannot glory; that, however, in which we may glory is in our infirmities,(See II Cor. 12. 5.) and in [Current edition page 11] bearing daily the holy cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

It leaves me breathless with the wonder of it and the insignificance of ourselves, almost to the point that it speaks loudly for itself.

“And all the creatures that are under heaven serve and know and obey their Creator in their own way better than you And even the demons did not crucify Him, but you together with them crucified Him and still crucify Him by taking delight in vices and sins.”

Each time we read this as an Order during our Offices by Skype it is this sentence that captures my attention for I had never considered that the demons had any part in Crucifying Jesus because I had not been considering the Principality and Powers or the Great Crowd of witnesses mentioned by St Paul which may well have included demons. Yet we know that Satan entered into Judas when he went to betray Jesus. We know it was in yielding to  temptation and in willful wrongdoing that sent our Lord to his death. And this by those who were meant to be the Shepherds of Judah.

Everything done and everything given comes from the good God above and what is ours are our sufferings and our cross, Matthew 16:24. thus I understand that following Jesus consist of bearing the cross of our own infirmities and that his cross amounts to
Matt. 11:30 ‘For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’ NRSV

Awe, humility, atonement, honesty, burdens light, yokes easy


Saint Francis of Assisi, The Writings of Saint Francis of Assisi, newly translated into English with an Introduction and Notes by Father Paschal Robinson (Philadelphia: The Dolphin Press, 1906). ‎11‎/‎9‎/‎2015. http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1172#lf0535_label_118

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