Sunday, March 22, 2009

the sun of brotherly love...

Spring (at least formally) has arrived and its the sabbath again. My favorite times of the years are the transitions between seasons-all have their own budding symbolism and all beckon change.
Rev. Tilden tells us that "the sun of brotherly love has left its winter solstice and is crossing the vernal equinox"
May it be so for you and for all.

"THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT" (Scripture Readings)

But covet earnestly the best gifts; . . . Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; -whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. Follow after charity.

I Cor. xii. xiii. xlv

THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT (Tilden's Meditations)

THESE words have sublimity and persuasive power that enter and fill every soul. Love is to man what the law of attraction is to the earth and heavens. Just as this law curves the orbit of each planet and star around a common centre, so the law of Love draws mankind together, and its guiding power and curve forever keep us in moving harmony with the Centre of All things. Our God has been pleased so to fashion the human heart that its help must ever come through hearts charged with Love; a Love unquenchable, like the love of a mother for her child, which will not let go till the feet are safely treading the path of light.
The universal Charity of Jesus comprehended the despised publican, the hated Samaritan, the benighted heathen, and sought to bring a world to God. Faith must be baptized into an All- comprehending Love. Hope must be lighted with Love to keep the world bright. The sun of brotherly love has left its winter solstice, is crossing the vernal equinox. Hearts are growing warmer for God's Seed of "The Golden Rule" and the "Inasmuch '' to take root, that will bear the fruit of a Love that suffers long and yet is kind; a. Love that seeks not her own; a Love that never fails; a Love that will never vanish away; a Love that Abides.

Let the sun shine in. Blessings

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