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Wednesday, June 19th, 2024
the Week of Proper 6 / Ordinary 11
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John Gossner's Treasury
Devotional: June 19th

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When it pleased God to reveal his Son in me I conferred not with flesh and blood. Galatians 1:15-16. The Spirit of truth shall glorify me. John 16:14. We all, with open face beholding the glory of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18.

We can not truly learn to know Christ by the aid of letters and human instruction; we can not comprehend Him with our reason. We can not grasp Him in any other way than by the Father’s revealing Him and the Spirit’s glorifying Him to us. The Holy Ghost must picture Christ before the eye of the soul as He dies upon the cross for us; He must make clear to us of what significance the death on the cross is to us. Then we behold the glory and love of God with open face in beautiful splendor, the Holy Ghost having removed the veil that lies upon our natural understanding and opened our heart to His illuminating rays. But he to whom Christ is thus revealed, confers, like St. Paul, no longer with flesh and blood, but hastens without any further questioning and surrenders himself with all that he is and has to Him who has given him Himself, and the soul remains His forever; oh, where Christ, the Savior of the world, has taken up His abode, there such questions as these can no longer be asked, "Shall I now give up the world, sin and myself? What will the world say? What will this one or that one think? " Then the soul has no other longing, no other desire, no other question but this, "How can I please my Savior? How can I incessantly enjoy Him? How can I always be with Him? How can I always have the joy of possessing Him such as He in His love and as He in kindness reveals Himself to me? "

I thank Thee, uncreated Sun,

That Thy bright beams on me have shined;

I thank Thee who hast overthrown

My foes, and healed my wounded mind;

I thank Thee Whose enlivening voice

Bids my freed heart in Thee rejoice.

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