Conforming Our Whole Live to the Mind of Christ based on Isaiah 40:12-14
12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? 13 Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel? 14 Whom did he consult, and who made him understand?
The answer to these questions is “No one”. God alone created the universe without counsel and without consulting vast volumes of science journals. God sends forth His Spirit in an active and life-giving force to do His work and achieve His divine purpose. God has His own mind and needs no direction, guidance, counsel or instruction. All understanding and enlightenment which creation reveals have their origin in Him alone.
God’s knowledge and teaching surpasses all teaching of any persons, including the most scholarly and holy among us. Within the teaching of His Spirit we find hidden the bread of life, though frequently we tend to have diminished longing for it due to our craving to follow our own mind and desires. We do not earnestly and exclusively seek the mind of Christ. During these remaining days of Lent, let us seek to become more deeply rooted in the words and actions of Christ that we might better conform our whole life to His mind. As the Apostle Paul says in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Thomas Cranmer Archbishop of Canterbury, Reformation Martyr
Born in Aslockton in Nottinghamshire, in1489, Cranmer was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge. He became a Fellow and was ordained in 1523, receiving his doctorate in divinity in 1526.
As a Cambridge don Cranmer came to the king’s notice in 1529 when he was investigating ways forward in the matter of the proposed royal divorce. His rise was rapid. He was appointed Archdeacon of Taunton, made a royal chaplain, and given a post in the household of Sir Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne. In 1530 Cranmer accompanied Boleyn on an embassy to Rome and in1532 he himself became ambassador to the court of the Emperor Charles V. His divergence from traditional orthodoxy was already apparent by his marriage to a niece of the Lutheran theologian Osiander despite the rule of clerical celibacy.
Returning to England to become Archbishop of Canterbury, he was in a dangerous position. Henry VIII was fickle and capricious and Cranmer was fortunate to survive where many did not. Yet Henry seemed to have a genuine affection for his honest but hesitant archbishop, even if he did (apparently in jest) describe him as the ‘greatest heretic in Kent’ in 1543. Four years later Henry died with Cranmer at his bedside and during the brief reign of Edward VI the archbishop now had an opportunity to put into practice his reform of the English Church.
He edited the Homilies (1547) and wrote those on salvation, good works, faith, and the reading of Scripture. He compiled the two Prayer Books of 1549 and 1552, and wrote the original 42 Articles of Religion (1552). But the young king’s death brought Cranmer’s phase of the English Reformation to a premature end. He was imprisoned first in the Tower then in the Bocardo prison in Oxford. Under great physical and mental pressure he several times recanted of his deviations from Roman doctrine. But at the last he re-found his courage and repudiated all his recantations before he was burned at the stake on 21 March 1556.
In later years it would become apparent that the seed Cranmer had sown had taken deep root and his 1552 Prayer Book (as amended in 1559 and 1662) clearly demonstrated his gift for both rhythmical fluency and memorable phrase. It was to become a lasting treasure of the English language and Cranmer’s principle of liturgical worship in contemporary English has become a defining element of the Anglican Church.
The source of this post is from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Saints on Earth: A Biographical Companion to "Common Worship"
"For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, 'Do not fear, I will help you.'"
St. Matilda (895-968 A.D.)
The daughter of a Count, Matilda was raised and educated in a monastery by her grandmother, who was the abbess. A political marriage was arranged for her to Henry I, the future king of Germany. Henry and Matilda enjoyed a happy and blessed marriage. As the Queen of Germany, Matilda became the mother of five important historical figures: Holy Roman Emperor Otto I; Henry, Duke of Bavaria; St. Bruno, Archbishop of Cologne; Gerberga, wife of King Louis IV of France; and Hedwig, mother of Hugh Capet. Matilda was a holy and virtuous woman known for her generosity to the poor. The king adored his queen and attributed his success in battle to her prayers. They reigned seventeen years, and their eldest son succeeded the throne and became Emperor Otto I. After her husband's death, Matilda's two eldest sons chastised her for her generous almsgiving.
St. Matilda then took the possessions left to her by her husband and turned them over to her sons, and retired from court. Her sons immediately suffered misfortune, which was attributed to their poor treatment of their holy mother. In order to repair this injustice and regain God's favor, St. Matilda was begged to return to court, which she did, forgiving her sons for their ill will. She continued to help the poor, build churches, and support many monasteries. St. Matilda was a celebrated monarch and was venerated by the people immediately after her death. Her feast day is March 14th.
Source of this information is from “Butler's Lives of the Saints”
St. George's Anglican Church
231 E. Carroll Street, Macomb, IL 61455
Morning Prayer Wednesday 8 a.m.
Healing and Holy Communion Wednesday 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Holy Communion10:30 a.m.
Prayer Walk Every 1st Sunday 9:30 a.m.
Christian Formation and Bible Study resumes in September.
Diocese of Quincy
Bishop J. Alberto Morales, OSB, DD