overcoming advocate

temptation St Anthony
Temptation of Saint Anthony, Karl Krogstad, CC BY 2.0

There was a time when I did not exist
   Yet you have created me;
I did not beg you for a wish
   Yet you have fulfilled it;
I did not come into the light
   Yet you have seen me;
I had not yet appeared
   And you have taken pity on me;
I had not appealed to you
   Yet you have taken care of me;
I did not raise my hand
   Yet you have looked at me;
I had not entreated you
   Yet you were merciful to me;
I had not uttered a sound
   Yet you have heard me;
I had not groaned
   Yet you have lent an ear.
With eyes that knew the future, you saw
   The crimes of my guilty self
   And yet you have fashioned me;

And now, I who have been created by you
and saved by you
and have been tended with such care,
   Let me not completely perish by the blow of sin.
      That is but the slanderer’s invention;
   Let not the fog of my stubbornness
      Triumph over the light of your forgiveness;
   Nor over the hardness of my heart
       Over your forbearing goodness;
   Nor my material weakness
        Over your unconquerable grandeur.

Gregory of Narek, 951-1003, Armenian monk and mystical theologian


My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.
But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous.

One thought on “overcoming advocate

  1. I was struck by the line, “With eyes that saw the future, You saw the crimes of my guilty self, And yet you have fashioned me.” Even as my Creator God was forming me in the womb, he knew the sin that I would be capable of committing against him, yet he finished his work, making me into his very image, an image that I would not perfectly represent; not now, not tomorrow. My hope lies in the work of his Son, Jesus.


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