Saturday, May 5, 2012

Saturday in Easter 4: Any sort of work for the love of God

Opening Sentence
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1

Collect of the Day
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 55

Lessons: Exodus 40:18-38, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12, Matthew 5:38-48

[Brother Lawrence explained] That when there was a chance of exercising some virtue he always said to God: "Lord, I cannot do that unless you enable me," and that then he was given the strength required, and more.

That when he was at fault he simply admitted it and said to God: "I shall never do otherwise if you leave me to myself; it is for you to prevent my failing and to correct what is wrong." He then felt assured of God's forgiveness, and did not let the failing prey on his mind.

That we ought to act very simply towards God, speaking frankly to Him, and asking His help in things as the occurred; in his experience, God never failed to give it.

That he had been sent lately into Burgundy to buy wine. This was a very hard job for him, as he was no good at business, and, furthermore, was lame in one leg, so that he could only get about the boat by sliding from cask to cask. However, he worried neither about this nor about his purchase; he told God that it was His business he was on; and he found that everything went well. He had been sent into Auvergne the previous year on a like errand; he did not know how the business had been done; but done it was, and very well done.

It was the same in the kitchen, from which he had by nature a very strong aversion; having accustomed himself to do everything there for the love of God, always praying for the grace to get through his work, he had found it quite easy all the fifteen years he had been engaged there.

That he was then in the cobbler's workshop and enjoyed it, but that he was ready to leave that job too, since he was glad to do any sort of work for the love of God.

Brother Lawrence
The Practice of the Presence of God

Nothing is Beyond You