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Sermon for the First Sunday After Easter

Sermon for the First Sunday After Easter

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BY REV DOCTOR JOHN TAULER


(From the Gospel for the day)

How we are to ascend by three stages to true peace and
purity of heart.

John xx. 19. — " Peace be to you."
BY REV DOCTOR JOHN TAULER


(From the Gospel for the day)

How we are to ascend by three stages to true peace and
purity of heart.

John xx. 19. — " Peace be to you."

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Sermon for the First Sunday after Easter BY REV DOCTOR JOH TAULER (From the Gospel for the day) How we are to ascend by three stages to true peace and purity of heart. John xx. 19. — " Peace be to you." " "PJEACE be with you," said our beloved Lord \^ to His disciples after His resurrection. All men by nature desire rest and peace, and are ever striving after it in all their manifold actions, efforts, and labours ; and yet to all eternity they will never attain to true peace, unless they seek it where alone it is to be found, — in God. What, then, are the means and ways to find true peace, and the purest, highest, and most perfect truth ? ow mark, I will speak unto you in a parable. As our blessed Lord drew His disciple St. John to Himself in a three-fold manner, even so does He now draw all who ever arrive at the deepest truth. The first way in which our Lord drew St. John to Himself was when He called him out of the world and made him an Apostle. The second was when He suffered him to rest on His bosom ; and the third and most perfect was on the holy day of Pentecost, when the Holy Ghost was given unto him, and a door was opened unto him through which he was taken up into heaven. 3i6 TAULER'S SERMOS Thus, like St. John, is each man first called out
 
of the world, when all his lower powers come to be governed by his highest reason, so that he learns to know himself and to exercise his free self-guiding power ; so that he sets a watch over his words, saying nothing to anyone which he would not wish to be said to himself ; — over his impulses, marking whether they proceed from God and tend towards Him ; — over his thoughts, that he do not voluntarily indulge in any evil or vain imaginations, or that, if such suggest themselves, they should be made only an incentive and stepping-stone to better things ; — over his works, that in his undertakings he may have a single eye to the glory of God and the welfare of mankind. On this wise does the Lord call thee out of the world, and make thee an apostle of Christ to thy fellow-man, and so thou learnest to convert the outward into the inward man, which is the first step in the Christian course. Secondly ; wilt thou with St. John rest on the loving heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, thou must be transformed into the beauteous image of our Lord by a constant, earnest contemplation thereof, consider- ing His holy meekness and humility, the deep, fiery love that He bore to His friends and His foes, and His mighty, obedient resignation which He manifested in all the paths wherein His Father called Him to tread. ext call to mind the boundless charity which He showed to all men, and also His blessed poverty. Heaven and earth were His, and He called them not His own. In all His words and deeds. He looked only to the glory of His Father and the salvation of mankind. And now ye must gaze much more closely and deeply into the glorious image of our Lord Jesus TAULER'S SERMOS 317 Christ than I can show you with my outward teach-
 
ing, and maintain a continual, earnest effort and aspiration after it. Then look attentively at thyself, how unlike thou art to this image, and behold thy own littleness. Here will thy Lord let thee rest on Him. There is no better and more profitable way to this end while in our present state, than to receive worthily the sacrament of the body of Christ, and to follow the counsel of one on whom the light of grace has shone more brightly than it has on thee. In the glorious hkeness of Christ thou wilt be made rich, and find all the solace and sweetness in the world. But there are many who, having advanced thus far, think in their haste that they have conquered for their own the ground on which they stand, while yet they are far from the goal. Although St. John had lain on Christ's bosom, yet he let his cloak fall and fled when the Jews laid hands on Christ. Therefore, however holy may be thy walk in these two paths, look to it that, if thou art assailed, thou do not let thy mantle fall through thy hasty thought for thy- self. It is good and holy that thou shouldst exercise thyself in these two ways, and let no creature turn thee aside therefrom, until God Himself draws thee up into a closer union with Himself. If He thus draw thee up, then let go all forms and images, and suffer Him to work as with His instrument. It is more well-pleasing to Him, and more profitable to thee, that thou shouldst leave Him to do as He will in thee for a moment, than that thou shouldst exercise thy- self in lower things for a hundred years. ow some may ask : Art thou not yet got beyond all this ? I answer : o ; beyond the image of our Lord Jesus 3i8 TAULER'S SERMOS Christ may no man come. Thou shouldst ask :

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