Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wednesday after Trinity: Eternity is eternity

Opening Sentence
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in you sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Collect of the Day
O God, your never-failing providence sets in order all things both in heaven and earth: Put away from us, we entreat you, all hurtful things, and give us those things which are profitable for us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalter: Psalm 119:49-72

Lessons: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15, Galatians 2:11-21, Matthew 14:1-12

Perhaps today we understand anew what the Bible tries to tell us through the word "eternity." At any rate we are more ready to listen when it speaks of eternity, than we were in the years and decades before the war. Eternity is not time--in no sense of the word. It is neither the infinitely vast sum of all times, nor is it the so-called new, better time that, after the passing of all the bad times, we finally come to be. Eternity is eternity; and by that we mean that it is beyond, hidden from all times, separated from them by a gulf that (at least from an earthly point of view) once for all divides eternity and time. This gulf can never be bridged by progress and development. For faith, which actually carries us across the abyss, has naught to do with progress and development or with any other upward struggle and effort of man. Faith comes from God--"God has set eternity in the heart of man."

Karl Barth
Come Holy Spirit

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