Quote/s of the Day – 4 May – Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter, Readings: Acts 11:1-18, Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4, John 10:11-18
“I am the good shepherd.
I know my own
and my own know me….”
“He [ Jesus] is our clothing,
that for love wraps us and winds us,
embraces us and totally encloses us,
hanging about us in tender love.”
Blessed Julian of Norwich (c 1342-c 1430)
God beholds me individually, whoever I am.
He “calls you by your name”.
He sees me and understands me, as He made me. He knows what is in me, all my own peculiar feelings and thoughts, my dispositions and likings, my strength and my weakness. He views me in my day of rejoicing and my day of sorrow. He sympathises in my hopes and my temptations. He interests Himself in all my anxieties and remembrances, all the risings and fallings of my spirit. He has numbered the very hairs of my head and the cubits of my stature. He compasses me round and bears me in His arms. He takes me up and sets me down. He notes my very countenance, whether smiling or in tears, whether healthful or sickly. He looks tenderly upon my hands and my feet. He hears my voice, the beating of my heart and my very breathing. I do not love my self better than He loves me. I cannot shrink from pain more than He dislikes my bearing it and if He puts it on me, it is as I will put it on myself, if I am wise, for a greater good afterwards…
St John Henry Newman (1801-1890)
“I am not alone.
Jesus dwells within me.
Whatever is pure, simple and innocent in me comes from Him.
With His love, I can love and give myself to others.
With His eyes, I can see God’s face,
with His ears, I can hear God’s voice,
with His heart, I can speak to God’s heart.
I know that, alone, I cannot see, hear or touch God in the world.
But God in me,
the living Christ in me,
can see, hear and touch God in the world
and, all that is Christ’s in me is fully my own.
are my very own
because they are truly given to me,
to be claimed, as my most personal possessions.
That is what Paul means when he says,
“I have been crucified with Christ,
yet, I live,
no longer I
lives in me.”