Lent with Bonhoeffer: The Presence of the Incarnate

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Friday, March 23, 2018

It is not good when the Church is anxious to praise itself too readily for its humble state. Equally, it is not good for it to boast of its power and its influence too soon. It is only good when the Church humbly confesses its sins, allows itself to be forgiven and confesses its Lord. Daily must it receive the will of God from Christ anew. It receives it because of the presence of the incarnate, the humiliated and the exalted one. Daily, this Christ becomes a stumbling block to its own hopes and wishes. Daily, it stumbles at the words afresh, ‘You will all be offended because of me’ (Matthew 26:31). And daily it holds anew to the promise, ‘Blessed is he who is not offended in me’ (Matthew 11:6).

-from Christ the Center, pg. 113

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