Thomas encapsulates strength of faith of Jesus’ followers perfectly

David Oxtoby
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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: By Rev David Oxtoby, Priest-in-charge of Sutton Bridge St Matthew’s and Tydd St Mary’s

The following is a quote by Thomas Kempis, which sums up everything I could possibly say.

“Jesus hath many lovers of his heavenly kingdom, but few bearers of his cross. He hath many seekers of comfort, but few of tribulation. He findeth many companions of his table, but few of his fasting.

All desire to rejoice with him, few are willing to undergo anything for his sake. Many follow Jesus that they may eat of his loaves, but few that they may drink of the cup of his passion. Many are astonished at his miracles, few follow after the shame of his cross. Many love Jesus so long as no adversities happen to them. Many praise him and bless him, so long as they receive any comforts from him. But if Jesus hides himself and withdraws from them a little while, they fall either into complaining or into too great dejection of mind. But they who love Jesus for Jesus’ sake, and not for any consolation of their own, bless him in all tribulation and anguish of heart as in the highest consolation.

And if he should never give them consolation, nevertheless they would always praise him and always give him thanks.”