“The proper rewards are not tacked onto the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation.”. March 27, 2020. I think he is quite effective. It seems to me that all political duties (among which I include military duties) are of this kind” This makes me wonder if Hooper is correct as to where this talk was given. Verse 17. People were probably at that time struggling with issues like truth, and justice and relevance in a world that is falling apart. Because he “kept silent,” his “bones wasted away.” Would that we, too, could feel the weight … This was the last sermon Lewis ever preached. For them, what stands out isn’t the returning son, but the father who runs out to embrace his repentant son. He states that we are never really secure in life. by I Gordon. We are far too easily pleased. Selected from sermons delivered by C. S. Lewis during World War II, these nine addresses show the beloved author and theologian bringing hope and courage in a time of great doubt. I think for a young person the real danger is being given over to a life style of giving into peer pressure. He goes on to state that the appeals in scripture are actually given with desire in mind, and that desire is built into the design of man. Messianic Praise and Worship. We can’t understand a spiritual being without body completely, it becomes necessary to use poetic language to help us to understand, but the poetry is not the reality. Faith has been relegated to a position of solitude, this is both paradoxical, dangerous, and natural. Lewis preached this sermon in 1939 while tensions over the war in Europe were raging. He is going to systematically take apart these options one by one and be left with his own position as the best option. He also states this idea is natural, by that I mean we fall into the mentality of collectivism and fail to understand the meaning of being a part of the “Body of Christ”. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. The longing for home? He is addressing a group of pacifists, according to Hooper in the introduction. We are fillers of the world with the glory of God (vv.26b, 28-31) Let’s not forget this. We do not really think God sits on a physical throne. In reality so many times we simply have shifted from one imperfection to another and are still missing what God truly desires for us. He gave this talk at Oxford in a small chapel in Evensong on Jan. 29, 1956. MERE CHRISTIANITY, BOOK THREE, CHAPTER 9: “CHARITY”, The Weight of Glory and Other Works by C.S Lewis in Sumary. Lewis’ works. His argument is quite effective here also. “ To please God, to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness, to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son - it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory … Your summary has re-aroused my interest in C.S. The Weight of Glory features nine memorable addresses C.S. One important thing I see in Nature is how it can point us to God. Listen to The Weight of Glory Podcast episodes free, on demand. I so appreciate Lewis’ work because he stimulates much thought in me. The emotions are quite complicated and the sensations often use the same feeling to express differing emotions. Centered around the themes of the essay The Weight of Glory by C.S. This world is the diminution and the other the real. The weight of one’s body pressed against the lungs is what ultimately brought death for most crucifixion victims (and gave to us the origin of the word “excruciating”). It reminded me of one of the best conversations I’ve ever had with my friends. They are ignorant of something that other people know. Selected from sermons delivered by C. S. Lewis during World War II, these nine addresses show the beloved author and theologian bringing hope and courage in a time of great doubt. ( Log Out / Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. But we all, With unveiled face, Beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, Are being transformed into the same image . This talk was given at Kings College, University of London during a commemoration Oration on Dec. 14, 1944. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like and ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-1952469925098360738.post5381864215075575907..comments 2014-10-14T23:06:32.521-07:00 It is the greatest of powers in existence. Christianity uses poetic language to describe concepts that are foreign to us. So is our thinking with our relationship with God, we desire a relationship with Him but we don’t want Him to demand too much of us. ( Log Out / "Our Lord fins our desires, not too strong, but too weak. The weight of glory is that we are known by God. We are so temperamental about some subjects that we consider inappropriate or insensitive to talk about. It is the old axiom we use, “The tyranny of the urgent!”. C.S. He also states that if we waited until we were safe to pursue beauty we would never begin that pursuit. The word glory can mean weighty or heavy. It is a shame and something that I think Lewis would really urge us to end. Because we fall short of the glory of God, because sin abounds in the world—though ... groaning all the day. His Kingdom Prophecy Posted on March 1, 2019 by Thomas Downes August 11, 2019 You are part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation! He may be right but it does make me wonder. It was an afternoon in the early spring and we were walking from the bakery to school. Secondly he states that this is dangerous because solitude has been pushed out of our lives, this effectively can keep religion out of our lives if we accept that concept. Romans 8:20-22. Sin is inevitable. Lewis makes that very point in Reflections of the Psalms, “There is no use in talking as if forgiveness were easy. The classic Weight of Glory by C.S. And as for the lighter matters, the number who first smoked or first got drunk for a similar reason is probably very large.” This kind of pressure is real and should be resisted. I am also reminded of the passage in I Cor 15:44 “It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. For of course when promiscuity is the fashion, the chaste are outsiders. Oh, look up once at least before the end and wish me joy. We are to do our work daily unto the Lord and find our fulfillment in the present work. Lewis DCM Reflections Tuesday, January 13, 2009 "The Weight of Glory" This is my favorite piece by C.S. "The Weight of Glory", considered by many to be Lewis’s finest sermon of all, is an incomparable explication of virtue, goodness, desire, and glory. Lewis tackles a tough issue here, the issue of tongues. Forgiveness on our part is not an easy thing to do. I’ve forgiven him more times than I can count. Lewis again does a good job of getting his point across. —Micah 6:8 Franciscan Richard Rohr founded the Center for Action and Contemplation in 1987 because he saw a deep need for the integration of both action and contemplation. If He doesn’t own that area of our life, He will not bless it. The classic Weight of Glory by C.S. The C. S. Lewis Collection: Essays and Speeches: The Six Titles Include: The Weight of Glory; God in the Dock; Christian Reflections; On Stories; Present Concerns; and The World's Last Night - Kindle edition by Lewis, C. S.. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. I really appreciate Lewis’ argument here. You are at: Home » Homilies & Reflections » The Weight of Glory. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like and ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. He assumes this is just something we all understand, but after giving it some thought he sees the wisdom of the writers of the creeds. He starts by explaining the difference between sensations and emotions. Ezekiel 10:4 helps us to glimpse and understand God’s glory: “Then the LORD’s glory rose from above the winged creatures and moved toward the temple’s threshold. The Reflection Of His Glory! A little bit of everything – philosophy, life, mental health, and more. I know he was shunned by many of his colleagues most of his career and he himself in some sense remained an outsider. Reflections What does God have ... We must guard against the familiarity that can dull the glory of His goodness. This item: In the Light of His Glory: 12 Hymns of Grace and Reflection by Martha Mier Paperback CDN$18.81 Ships from and sold by TheWorldShop. The idea here is again transposition. The Vulgate renders ‘supra modum in sublimitate.’ Alford, ‘in a surpassing and still more surpassing manner.’ The old English versions, including the A. V., follow Tyndale here. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; He points out correctly that we can’t do this ourselves and that it is God working in us. Lewis delivered during World War II. He goes on to discuss the idea of the totality of life being offered to God. Lewis mentions this same idea in The Weight of Glory when he says, “I wonder whether the shoe is not sometimes on the other foot. You are at: Home » Homilies & Reflections » The Weight of Glory. I really like how Lewis explains how the Nature we see here on earth is merely a poor reflection of the beauty and splendor we will experience and be connected to in heaven. Lewis puts forward the idea that a desire for reward is a basically biblical idea. "The Weight of Glory", considered by many to be Lewis’s finest sermon of all, is an incomparable explication of virtue, goodness, desire, and glory. We desire to “keep things temporal” as Lewis puts it. Our life here on earth is a training ground for eternity. Lewis. Christians need to sense the weight of God's glory, the truths of God's Word, the reality of coming judgment, and the gloriousness of God's grace. To understand this he uses several good illustrations, taking a musical score intended for a symphony orchestra and writing it for a piano, you must allow the notes that are intended for a flute in one part of the score also be the same notes that are intended for a violin in another part. I also appreciate his closing statement, “May we not , by a reasonable analogy, suppose likewise that there is no experience of the spirit so transcendent and supernatural, no vision of Deity Himself so close and so far beyond all images and emotions, that to it also there cannot be an appropriate correspondence on the sensory level?” He leaves the argument open for the gift of tongues to be a valid gift of the Spirit. We should not be insensitive, but we should be open and honest about the issues going on around us. He became aware of this in his prayer life. It’s when our hearts are warmed by lights in a tree and … There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body” Our bodies are compared here with a seed and the resurrected body with the tree that grows from that seed. C.S. ], Lewis.It was first published as a single transcribed sermon, "The Weight of Glory" in 1941, appearing in the British journal, Theology, then in pamphlet form in 1942 by Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, London.It was published in book form in 1949, as a compilation of five … St. Paul speaks of an “eternal weight of glory” (2 Cor. I think Lewis is making a very good point here, peer pressure works on people no matter what age they are. It’s difficult without a strong will, and impossible without humility. The danger here is not being aware of the battle and simply going along without having thought it through. They are areas in which we can’t receive the blessing of God. - For our light affliction, which is but for a moment; literally, for the immediate lightness of our affliction. No one wants to contract this virus, and so its victims can identify with the sinless Christ killed for our transgressions. Jenna, I did find it ironic as well. One insight I really did appreciate and it was a strong point was when he said that pacifism practiced would be, “taking the straight road to a world in which there will be no Pacifists.” This is a thought for those who embrace this kind of thinking. The nine addresses in Weight of Glory offer guidance, inspiration, and a compassionate apologetic for the Christian faith during a … We are not simply radiating God’s glory so we can glow and look shiny. He has built an iron clad case in my opinion. The passage in Romans Chapter 8 indicates that man desires the redemption of creation, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. Hymns for Meditation: 6 Hymn Arrangements for the Late Intermediate Pianist Suitable for Preludes… by Martha Mier Paperback CDN$19.31 This reminds me of Lewis’ discussion in The Great Divorce when we find that the people from hell are transparent and the grass cuts their feet while in heaven. He also states that the reward fits the behavior and is not an inappropriate or mercenary reward but the culmination of the activity. D.Min. Lewis masterfully takes on this argument from each of his three points, facts, intuition, and authority. Lewis has this great moment in “The Weight of Glory” when this sense of longing for eternity really finds its way through the dark paths of my heart. - C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory So what is “the weight of glory”? After typing your email address click on "Subscribe" (red box below) and then check your email inbox for a link to confirm your subscription. They are uninitiated. By MGL Priests and Brothers on 11 June, 2018 Homilies & Reflections, MGL Homilies. This sermon was preached when England was at war with Germany, on June 8, 1941. The two are inseparable. This speaks volumes to me in the area of his personal integrity so his argument has a strong impact. I don’t believe he was being contemptuous in any way, he was just using humor to get his point across, and he did it very well. Mainly fear of death. The real issue which Lewis speaks of is friendship. We will all face that nagging feeling that we don’t have enough time to complete the things God has called us to do. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Lewis as an former soldier and Christian was called in to set things in perspective. Also included are: “Transposition”, “On Forgiveness”, “Why I Am Not a Pacifist”, and “Learning in War-Time”, in which Lewis presents his compassionate vision of Christianity in language that is both lucid and compelling. Here is a flat contradiction. Also Lewis makes the point that the pursuit of the mind is essential for addressing the intellectual attacks of the heathen. The word “Glory” is literally translated as “Heavy Weight” meaning the biggest thing about someone. If believers don’t pursue intellectual understanding we are in essence laying down our weapons and abdicating the realm of intellect to the enemy. So we do not lose heart. In some cultures, the Parable of the Prodigal Son is actually called the Parable of the Running Father. He states that the spiritual world is the superior world like the real world is to a pencil drawing. He goes on to compare the spiritual world and the material world. … The question he seems to be addressing is the reluctance of the believer to fully commit himself to God. To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with God. “Does Christian theology owe its attraction to its power of arousing and satisfying our imaginations?” That is the question Lewis attempts to answer in this essay. The Reflection - The fall and restoration of the image of God. Both of these concepts are in error. This essay was published after the death of Lewis, he sent it to Father Patrick Irwin for publication in 1947 but Father Irwin was transferred before he could publish it. The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses is a collection of essays and addresses on Christianity by C.S. Lewis that we’ve read so far. He then concludes his argument by saying that pacifists are probably persuaded more by their passions than their reasoning. - C.S. I really enjoyed his use of humor as he somewhat mocked the naturalist view as I stated earlier. He goes on to explain the idea of transposition. He partly gives his testimony in a nutshell here, how he abandoned science because of the insistence that the brain was nothing more than biochemical impulses. To battle against this way of thinking is to realize that a perfect time will never come. The neighbors are also sons and daughters of God, not “mere mortals,” and one is to respect them, love them and with them, pursue Glory which is Christ himself. As he works through this idea, he explains how each of these work against the pacifist idea. Not seeking to be in someone’s inner circle but being with the people you really enjoy being with. Divine guidance. The classic Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century, contains nine sermons delivered by Lewis during World War Two. “It’s a serious thing,” Lewis says, “to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, … Read More He states that he prefers other mythologies to Christianity if it were merely mythical. Considered by many to be his most moving address, the title essay, “The Weight of Glory,” extols a compassionate vision of Christianity and includes lucid and compelling discussions on … The glory we will have in heaven will not only allow us to see beauty, but will unite us with beauty. By MGL Priests and Brothers on 11 June, 2018 Homilies & Reflections, MGL Homilies. The second idea is that the collective body is what is important with the loss of personal identity. We all know the old joke, “You’ve given up smoking once: I’ve given it up a dozen times.” In the same way I could say of a certain man, “Have I forgiven him for what he did that day? The Weight of Glory 0. I very much appreciate his logical approach to matters. His argument is very well done again. Lewis (The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses) Joy isn’t a simple feeling, it is a mindset. I chuckled at his humor at discussing the “Scientific Outlook”as an Elizabethan tragedy. “The rescue of a drowning man is, then a duty worth dying for, but not worth living for. For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease! The Weight of Glory 0. Comment How to Face Life's Chaos Factors: Ecclesiastes 9:1-12; 12:13-14. All this was palpable in those earliest days of liberation from Egypt, long before the advent of another empire, Rome, which overshadowed the likes of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary and Joseph. Worketh for us. Literally, a weight of glory in excess and unto excess: the whole passage denoting that the glory to come exceeds the power of words to tell. The Weight of Glory The classic Weight of Glory by C.S. We all shall live forever. Perhaps nothing can remind us more of this fact than music. “We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for … Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses is a collection of essays and addresses on Christianity by C.S. Secondly the battle is against frustration. 4:17) that awaits us. The best insight that I see in this essay is the point about real friendship. In the lesser format the expressions must have more than one meaning because of the reduced ways of expressing them. I wonder whether in ages of promiscuity, many a virginity has not been lost less in obedience to Venus than in obedience to the caucus. The answer here is to commend the future to God. Lewis goes on to compare the concepts of science and theology. : For we find that the work of forgiveness has to be done over and over again.”. Change ). Seventy-five years ago (June 8, 1941) C.S. Seventy-five years ago (June 8, 1941) C.S. Lewis (The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses) Joy isn’t a simple feeling, it is a mindset. In Lewis’ mind this is the transparent world and the solid world will be heaven. He indicates that there are aesthetically pleasing things within the faith. 9:6; Isa. He is particularly fond of Norse Mythology. He goes on to mention three mental exercises to defend against three mental attacks for the scholar. It doesn’t respond well to logic because it does not come from a logical place. I enjoyed this discussion as it showed great insight into both. I ... and C.S. We will always have external situations that wage war against our thinking and demand our attention. Let The Weight Of Your Glory Fall (Spirit Of The Sovereign Lord) - Paul Wilbur - Lyrics. The Weight of Glory. The easiest way to listen to podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, smart speaker – and even in your car. Is bringing about for us, with all the immeasurable force of a natural and progressive law. He also shows how science cannot make room for Christian thought. What I noticed was a sense of weight where the icon rested – or that is the best way I know to describe it. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century, contains nine sermons delivered by Lewis during World War Two. It was a sense of weight that made the whole of the room and everything in it seem drawn to the icon – like so many planets drawn to a star. Fear is one of the rawest of human emotions. IN THE O.T., THE STRESS IS ON SEEING THE DIVINE GLORY (Lev. For the sake of brevity I will not elaborate here. He is using logic to appeal to the audience and this is very effective as it considers all options. By Graziano Marcheschi, M.A. Grace and peace, Sean Author Sean Posted on November 11, 2010 September 23, 2017 Categories Life Tags downtime , Life , reflections , Sabbath Leave a comment on Downtime…What’s That Again? “ To please God, to be a real ingredient in the divine happiness, to be loved by God, not merely pitied, but delighted in as an artist delights in his work or a father in a son - it seems impossible, a weight or burden of glory which our thoughts can hardly sustain. The Logical Song Might Not be Too Logical. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; WEDNESDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK OF ADVENT GOSPEL Mt 11:28–30. Collectivism reduces the value of the individual and only speaks of the value of the group to which the individual belongs, while the concept we should embrace states both the value of the group as a whole entity and yet keeps the importance of each individual member within that specific group. The Weight of Glory, by C.S. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. This is the better road and the road must be followed deliberately. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is liberty. The very thing we need to let go of we fear letting go of the most. He asks whether we are on the wrong side of God’s door because we can see the beauty and freshness of creation but … Previously I have only read the Screwtape Letters, and that was before I met Christ. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. Hide a Treasure: “For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” 2 Corinthians 4:17. The C. S. Lewis Collection: Essays and Speeches: The Six Titles Include: The Weight of Glory; God in the Dock; Christian Reflections; On Stories; Present Concerns; and The World's Last Night - Kindle edition by Lewis, C. S.. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. The moon has no light of its own, but when we see it light up the night sky, the sun gets the glory, the source of its light. First the battle against excitement. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. We truly have never met a mortal person. He is attempting to help them not to fall into a common trap of impressionistic young people. God’s glory has been called the manifested presence of God, but more than just a presence, it’s demonstration of power. Human life is lived on a precipice of constant danger. It is as if we are seasoned my our culture not to bring up hard issues. The Weight of Glory 6/8/1941 – In this address, Lewis first talks about the longings we each have: the deep longing for something which no experience on earth satisfies though we have faint glimpses of, like a memory of something long ago. The nine addresses in Weight of Glory offer guidance, inspiration, and a compassionate apologetic for the Christian faith during a time of great doubt. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. C.S. We are phantoms waiting to be made real. He talks about the idea of inner rings, or in other words, being a part of a specific group. It is a true danger to be influenced by those people we desire to please the most, we can be vulnerable to their influence when crucial decisions are to be made. 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