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future. We can only work upon a certain number of data, the permanence or knowledge of which is, generally speaking, confined within the scope of a certain time. To work upon supposed, probable, or contingent data beyond that period is commonly waste of time and multiplication of vexation. Things happen afterwards which we never counted upon.
These break up all our calculations, and make the course to be pursued clear for even the witless to read. This, however, is quite a different thing from the necessity of thought, which an immediate enterprise may require : for instance, I can imagine that St. Paul, under circumstances which would leave the choice of two dubious routes to his human judgment, had to pass through many a long and complicated view of the reasons on both sides, not despising those which concerned his personal subsistence, if necessary. And, indeed, the error which our Lord condemned is not, I believe, in its fullest extent the characteristic of the most accomplished worldly-wise men; who, however anxious they may be, generally make the best of the present, depending upon what they conceive their fortune or good luck to carry them through the rest. Worldlymindedness and anxiety are engrained in all ; but castle-building is more commonly the nature of fools.
The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity.
O LORD, we beseech Thee, let Thy continual pity cleanse and defend Thy Church ; and, because it cannot continue in safety without Thy succour, preserve it evermore by Thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“ For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. . . that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man.”—Eph. iii. 14, 16.
we desire to know what are the real blessings
and the wishes which a man may not only lawfully but laudably entertain ? Collect them from the aspirations of the apostle for his converts, on his bended knees, that God would grant them “ to be strengthened with might by the Spirit in the inner man.” Would we know the meaning of this ? Collect it from what follows,—“that Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith.” Would we have this further explained ? Read what follows,-" that being rooted and grounded in love, we may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, being filled with all the fulness of God.” The great point, then, which our Christian charity should lead us to desire for others, is internal spiritual strength; the train of argument shows it to be equivalent to an adequate sense of the love of our Saviour. This is that love, or sense of God's love, which the apostle so particularly states to be the work of the Holy Spirit—"the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us.” (Rom. v. 5.) And as this sense of God's love is here made the very symbol and essence of the Spiritual Resurrection, this may teach us how important it should be to take every means of nourishing adequate impressions of our Saviour's work. “One thing is needful ;” and if spiritual strength, which is allowed to be that “one thing," is proved by a dependence upon the soundness of our impressions of these facts, how important for us to take all prudent means of preserving their life and vigour !
“ And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.”—LUKE vii. 13. THIS narrative is full of consolation to the afflicted,
because it proves that God is not unconcerned even about the temporal sorrows of His creatures. It is not a system which governs the world ; but the will of a Person, even the Father, by whose Word we understand that the worlds were formed, so “that things which are seen were not made of the things which do appear." He and His Word are
“ For as the Father hath life in Himself, even so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself; and as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them, even so the Son quickeneth whom He will.” A law is a deaf thing, inexorable, which knows not the difference between objects ; but the comprehensive eye of the Son, which controls each minister of death, distinguished the widow, and the compassion of the Son restored, when it was wanting, the staff of her age. We have not a High Priest who has not worn flesh and blood, “who cannot be touched with a feeling of our infirmities.” When, therefore, the affliction comes, let us not forget Who sends the stroke, and Who can remove it. And we may be assured, that if no good reason prevents it, we shall soon be heard ; or, if