to seek things heavenly


Grant us, O Lord, we beseech thee,
  not to mind earthly things,
  but to seek things heavenly;
so that though we are set among scenes that pass away,
  our hearts and affections may steadfastly cleave
  to the things that endure forever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Leonine Sacramentary, 7th Century, Manuscript of Masses found in Verona
The Westminster Collection of Christian Prayers


Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—
  but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die;
  but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

image: Return of the Prodigal Son by Rembrandt

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