Thought for the Day : Wednesday 29 July

Thought for the Day by Angela Birkin from St Michael’s:

Readings: 1 Samuel 11 and Luke 22.39-46

Today is an opportunity for us to reflect on the price paid by God in Jesus Christ for our salvation; the price paid by Love because of love.

The Agony by George Herbert (1593 - 1633)

Philosophers have measured mountains,
Fathomed the depths of seas, of states and kings;
Walked with a staff to heav’n, and traced fountains:
But there are two vast, spacious things,
The which to measure it doth more behove;
Yet few there are that sound them—Sin and Love.

Who would know Sin, let him repair
Unto Mount Olivet; there shall he see
A Man so wrung with pains, that all His hair,
His skin, His garments bloody be.
Sin is that press and vice, which forceth pain
To hunt his cruel food through ev’ry vein.

Who knows not Love, let him assay
And taste that juice which, on the cross, a pike
Did set again abroach; then let him say
If ever he did taste the like,
Love is that liquor sweet and most divine,
Which my God feels as blood, but I as wine.

I encourage you to listen to Ian Gillan’s iconic version of Gethsemane
from the original recording of Jesus Christ Superstar.

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