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Jesus Beautiful in His Aversions.

Jesus Beautiful in His Aversions.

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You an from beneath, I am from above. You are of this world, I am
not of this world (St. John viii. 23).

You an from beneath, I am from above. You are of this world, I am
not of this world (St. John viii. 23).

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 02, 2014
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JESUS BEAUTIFUL I HIS AVERSIOS. BY SISTER TERESA GERTRUDEYou an from beneath, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world (St. John viii. 23). So associated in our minds is the idea of aversion with the taint of human passion and prejudice, that it might at first sight appear both incongruous and unbecoming to suppose our Lord in any way capable of manifesting it. And yet a little reflection will prove to us that not only in human nature the most perfect, but also in the Divine ature itself, by reason of their very perfection, certain aversions do and ought to exist. Thus the infi nite purity of God renders it necessary that He should abhor even the least shadow of sin. ow, amongst the various kinds of sin there are some that cannot fail to be the peculiar objects of His aversion, because, in their spirit of hatred against God, they all the more directly and maliciously assail His Divine Majesty. Our frequent mistake lies in not distinguishing between sin and the sinner. But God 5 Who cannot avoid having an inherent aversion for sin, is still the " God Who loveth souls," inasmuch as He hateth none of the things which He hath made; and sin He has not made. 1 As then, by the predilections manifested in His 1 Wisdom xi. 25, 27. 278 JESUS BEAUTIFUL Sacred Humanity our Lord revealed to us, at one and the same time, the true character of His Father, and the beauty of His own human Soul, so by the aver sions which He entertained did He make to us a
similar revelation, no less pregnant with instruction , warning, and gentle admonition. The words addressed by our Lord to the Jews, which are prefixed to the head of this chapter, will explain to us the nature and the cause of our Lord s aversions, and they will likewise illustrate the beauty of the Soul wherein they were formed. Jesus had been occupied in justifying His doctrine, and asserting His oneness with the Father. The Jews hardened their hearts against Him, wherefore He told them they should die in their sins because of their unbelief, adding that whither He was about to go they could not follow. After this He went on to explain to them the source of all the evils which should befall them: " You are from beneath," He said, " I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world." Herein lies the whole root of the particular aversion our Divine Lord felt for the sin of the rulers and Pharisees. He told them elsewhere that they were of their father, the devil, whose desires they fulfilled, and who was a liar ; hence the words of truth they would not hear, because they were not of God. 1 What alliance, then, what union of sentiment, could exist between truth and falsehood, between God and Belial, between light and darkness ? But, it may be asked, what could there be in common between our Divine Lord and any sinner, since all sin is only falsehood and darkness and impurity, in seme kind and degree or other ? True, we reply, but in those whom our Lord now addressed there was, 1 St. John viii. 44 47. I HIS AVERSIOS. 279- besides, hatred of the truth and a deliberate determina
tion to resist it, for " they sought their glory one from another, while the glory which is from God alone they did not seek." 1 Such, is our Lord s own explanation of the gulf that lay between Him and these self- seekers. How could He, Who received no glory from men, have anything in common with those worldlings, whose ignoble aspirations could never rise above some material advantage which they coveted ? They formed the type of our modern politicians in private life of men and women who are swayed by motives of policy in their ordinary dealings and relations with others, whose words and actions are guided by principles of self-interest, who restrain the expression of approval or blame where really due, in proportion as such expressions are likely to advance or retard their own promotion to power. Those to whom our Lord spoke the severe words quoted above were types, once more, of modern place-hunters in the world and in the sanc tuary men who with obstinate infatuation barter their soul s freedom, the best instincts of their conscience, and, should the bitter end be reached, the hope of an eternal Kingdom, for a coveted place, for a paltry favour from those in power, for popularity with a party men, in a word, who seek " their glory from one another, and not the glory which is from God alone." With such as these our Lord could have no sentiment in common. Their deliberate self-seeking, their gross preference of Caesar to God, struck at the very root of any possible alliance between Himself and them. Other souls there were guilty indeed of sins more visible to the world s eye, and more shocking to its sense of propriety, who yet did not awaken in our 1 St. John v. 44. 280 JESUS BEAUTIFUL

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