God’s goodness in giving Himself to us sinners should inspire us with even greater humility, trust and love

June 7, 2022 • 1 min

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From Imitation of Christ, in file "Imitation of Christ", page 328
By Thomas a Kempis

Chap. II.—That the great goodness and charity of God is shewed to man in this sacrament.

The Voice of the Disciple.

O Lord, trusting in thy goodness and in thy great mercy, I come sick to my Saviour, hungry and thirsty to the Fountain of Life, needy to the King of Heaven, a servant to his Lord, a creature to his Creator, and one in desolation to his loving Comforter.

But whence is this to me, that thou shouldst come to me? Who am I, that thou shouldst give me thyself?

How dare such a sinner appear before thee? and how dost thou vouchsafe to come to a sinner?

Thou knowest thy servant, and thou knowest that he has nothing of good in him which can entitle him to this favour.

I confess therefore my unworthiness, I acknowledge thy bounty, I praise ihy goodness, and I give thee thanks for thy excessive charity:

For it is for thy own sake thou doest this, not for my merits, that thy goodness may be better known to me; that greater charity may he imparted, and humility more perfectly recommended.

Since therefore this is what pleaseth thee, and thou hast commanded it should be so, thy merciful condescension pleaseth me also; and I wish that my iniquity may be no obstacle.

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