No Beggar Turned Away

中文: Chinese Version

English spiritual writer Evelyn Underhill considered that the greatest of the “Christian mystics” is Jan Ruysbroeck (~1293-1381 AD). He was Flemish and lived all his life near Brussels.

Ruysbroeck influenced Thomas a Kempis, author of The Imitation of Christ (early 15th century). He also influenced Johannes Tauler (~1300-1361) whose published sermons, a century and a half later, deeply influenced a young German priest named Martin Luther.

I struggle to grasp much of Ruysbroeck’s depth, but I share a few nuggets with you:

* Ruysbroeck talks about being “noughted”. Nought means zero, nothing: _We_ are not the focus. God is the Center.

* “Love can never be lazy.” God first reaches out to us, but our part is to actively receive God. Note the mystery here.

* We taste, but can’t understand/grasp. We must act, but also rest, sink down into Love (God).

* “The Divine Lover turns no beggar away.” God receives all who longingly come to Him.

Coffee/tea ThoughtCoffee/tea thought: Allow the Divine Lover who turns no beggar away to enfold you, draw you to His heart today.

John

Further reading: One of Ruysbroeck’s famous writings is Adornment of Spiritual Marriage (14th century).

December 3rd, 2018

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