Wise Words On Wednesday: Rest awhile

Come now, turn aside for a while from your daily employment. Escape for a moment from the tumult of your thoughts. Put aside your weighty cares, let your burdonsome distractions wait. Free yourself awhile for God and rest awhile in Him

– St. Anselm

Prophecy of Gentile Priests?!

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This post isn’t going to be a thoroughly formed article, but I need to get over my writer’s block and get into the habit of writing again…

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I didn’t go to Divine Liturgy this week and instead went to a Roman Mass. During the Readings, something jumped out at me. The passage in question was the First Reading from Isaiah:

Thus says the LORD:
I know their works and their thoughts,
and I come to gather nations of every language;
they shall come and see my glory.
I will set a sign among them;
from them I will send fugitives to the nations…
that have never heard of my fame, or seen my glory;
and they shall proclaim my glory among the nations.
They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nations
as an offering to the LORD…
to Jerusalem, my holy mountain, says the LORD,
just as the Israelites bring their offering
to the house of the LORD in clean vessels.
Some of these I will take as priests and Levites, says the LORD.
– Isaiah 66:18-21

It does sound like the Prophet Isaiah is foretelling a situation whereby the Children of Israel will go out to the nations to proclaim the Lord’s glory and, as a result, bring these Gentiles into relationship with the God of Abraham. Christians obviously find a fulfillment of this in the mission of the Church.

I haven’t done much research on it, but the bit which peaked my interest was the final sentence. The language is a little ambiguous but Isaiah appears to say that, of those Gentiles who believe, the Lord will choose a subset to be “priests and levites”, Gentile priests! This fits very well with the Coptic, Catholic and Orthodox Church’s understanding that, although like Israel we have a priesthood of all believers (Exodus 19:6), some members of that people are set aside for ministerial priesthood…

Wise Words on Wednesday: Dancing Fool

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It only takes one fool to fill an empty dance floor – just one poor soul, free from the cares of what other people think, with the courage to start dancing. For his dancing ends not in ridicule, but in more fools dancing

– Matthew Warner, Messy & Foolish

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