Therefore considering these types of issues that we puzzle our faith and understanding of God's desire for people is just the type of counter-cultural debate that I believe C.S. 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. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century, contains nine sermons delivered by Lewis during World War Two. Reflections What does God have ... We must guard against the familiarity that can dull the glory of His goodness. Yes, it is unappealing, this great appeal, this weight of glory that leads to the grave. Centered around the themes of the essay The Weight of Glory by C.S. The truth is that God is interested in new creatures. 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. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century, contains nine sermons delivered by Lewis during World War Two. Reflections on the Seven Penitential ... Psalm 32 —Remission of Sin. The Weight of Glory The classic Weight of Glory by C.S. This world is the diminution and the other the real. I know he was shunned by many of his colleagues most of his career and he himself in some sense remained an outsider. He goes on to warn against believing that Christianity is merely poetry. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and. There may be some degree of excuses for the offense and that can be overlooked, but the real issue must be we are to forgive the sin, in the like manner that God forgives us our sin. We will always have external situations that wage war against our thinking and demand our attention. Lewis delivered during World War II. He goes on to make the point that within us is the desire for heaven since that is what we were created for. The longing for home? Also Lewis makes the point that the pursuit of the mind is essential for addressing the intellectual attacks of the heathen. We often change that concept into making excuses for our sins. The illustration he uses of paying taxes, we all agree in the necessity of paying taxes, but at the same time we all want to know how little we can get away with paying. For the sake of brevity I will not elaborate here. The danger Lewis point out is those areas we desire to keep are areas of death. The Weight of Glory One of the weightiest topics in theology is that of heaven. It’s the desire that beauty stirs within us, the longing to be fully immersed and joined into the beauty. He argues against two extremes, first is Pelagian thought which states that the chief end of man is the expression of individuality. 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. This sermon was preached when England was at war with Germany, on June 8, 1941. I so appreciate Lewis’ work because he stimulates much thought in me. This brings glory to God and is in line with our purpose. He then concludes his argument by saying that pacifists are probably persuaded more by their passions than their reasoning. “ 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 … The question he is answering is why do we recite in the creeds the phrase, “We believe in the forgiveness of sins”? by I Gordon. It is an irrational system of belief. I think it is hard for us to understand the balance between humility and praise. 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. The second idea is that the collective body is what is important with the loss of personal identity. At the new Evangelical History blog I will give a historical overview of that presentation—with photographs—and some of the influence that it … The word glory can mean weighty or heavy. “We live, in fact, in a world starved for solitude, silence, and private: and therefore starved for … If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. He goes on to compare the spiritual world and the material world. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, There is liberty. Welcome; Blog; Fear: Thoughts And Reflections On This Raw Emotion. Psalm 32 —Remission of Sin. Lewis (The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses) Joy isn’t a simple feeling, it is a mindset. Mainly fear of death. That when we bring them up we have to be intentional not to give any opinion about it for fear of offending someone or starting an argument. If believers don’t pursue intellectual understanding we are in essence laying down our weapons and abdicating the realm of intellect to the enemy. We are fillers of the world with the glory of God (vv.26b, 28-31) Let’s not forget this. In some cultures, the Parable of the Prodigal Son is actually called the Parable of the Running Father. 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. It was an afternoon in the early spring and we were walking from the bakery to school. He is persuasive and insightful. The other very good insight Lewis makes in this sermon is the value we are to place on each other. Divine guidance. The glory we will have in heaven will not only allow us to see beauty, but will unite us with beauty. "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. I appreciate how Lewis starts out this talk by defining his terms carefully. 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! : For we find that the work of forgiveness has to be done over and over again.”. I am also reminded of the passage in I Cor 15:44 “It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. 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”. He states it is paradoxical considering that every other activity in recent history has robbed us of solitude. Thirdly the battle is against fear. He sees that image as more fitting of mythology than the Christian position. The word “Glory” is literally translated as “Heavy Weight” meaning the biggest thing about someone. For indeed it now feels not like going, but like going back. - For our light affliction, which is but for a moment; literally, for the immediate lightness of our affliction. I also appreciate his discussion of the concept that our memories of things that are good are actually memories of memories, that is the good things we have experienced in our lives are mere shadows of the desire within us for the ultimate good, heaven. His argument is very successful because it appeals to that inner truth that is part of general revelation. 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. To battle against this way of thinking is to realize that a perfect time will never come. One must carry the neighbor’s weight of Glory, which is a heavy one, before achieving one’s own. Lewis, The lamp to my feet and a light for my path. The Logical Song Might Not be Too Logical. - C.S. Lewis again does a good job of getting his point across. From glory to glory, By the Spirit of the Lord. I ... and C.S. “Later in Luke’s Gospel, the verb overshadow will reinforce another renewal of God’s glory.” Comment How to Face Life's Chaos Factors: Ecclesiastes 9:1-12; 12:13-14. ( Log Out /  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. WEDNESDAY OF THE 2ND WEEK OF ADVENT GOSPEL Mt 11:28–30. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our world. The two are inseparable. They are uninitiated. His argument is quite effective here also. Young or old, all Christians have within them this wonderful and weighty reminder of God’s incredible glory! Post was not sent - check your email addresses! He is addressing a group of pacifists, according to Hooper in the introduction. That is the essence of what Lewis is arguing for. The very thing we need to let go of we fear letting go of the most. - C.S. The emotions are quite complicated and the sensations often use the same feeling to express differing emotions. - C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory So what is “the weight of glory”? This passage supports what Lewis is saying, in the heart of all mankind there is a longing for everything to be put right once again. They ask me at the same moment to accept a conclusion and to discredit the only testimony on which that conclusion can be based.” He shows how inconsistent thought caused him to reject that idea and to consider the idea of Theism. It takes a deliberate act of the will to battle in this area. Oh, look up once at least before the end and wish me joy. So we do not lose heart. D.Min. Change ). I wonder why a group of pacifists would ask Lewis to speak, since he was a soldier himself, and an outspoken supporter of the war? Listen to The Weight of Glory Podcast episodes free, on demand. 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. It’s difficult without a strong will, and impossible without humility. It doesn’t respond well to logic because it does not come from a logical place. Lewis ascended the pulpit at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford and delivered “The Weight of Glory,” one of the most insightful sermons of the twentieth century. Messianic Praise and Worship. 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. ... with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. I’ve forgiven him more times than I can count. By MGL Priests and Brothers on 11 June, 2018 Homilies & Reflections, MGL Homilies. You are at: Home » Homilies & Reflections » The Weight of Glory. Lewis shows great insight here especially when he applies this idea to the incarnation. The nine addresses in Weight of Glory offer guidance, inspiration, and a compassionate apologetic for the Christian faith during a time of great doubt. He became aware of this in his prayer life. It was placed into the Bodleian Library and was published in 1975. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. 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. The Weight of Glory 0. He is going to systematically take apart these options one by one and be left with his own position as the best option. I am going to give this idea some thought. He starts by explaining the difference between sensations and emotions. 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. Forgiveness on our part is not an easy thing to do. He made this speech at Oxford University at the Socratic Club on Nov. 6, 1944. The nine addresses in Weight of Glory offer guidance, inspiration, and a compassionate apologetic for the Christian faith during a time of great doubt. We all shall live forever. We are to do our work daily unto the Lord and find our fulfillment in the present work. The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses is a collection of essays and addresses on Christianity by C.S. Is bringing about for us, with all the immeasurable force of a natural and progressive law. This should have an impact on how we think about people. Lewis puts forward the idea that a desire for reward is a basically biblical idea. 9:6; Isa. We are phantoms waiting to be made real. First the battle against excitement. He says, “…Reason is simply the unforeseen and unintended by product of mindless matter at one stage of its endless and aimless becoming. He is using logic to appeal to the audience and this is very effective as it considers all options. I am certain he was addressing the question, “Why should we continue with our studies when the world is hanging on the edge of disaster?” He divides the question into two categories, one is the need for the saving of souls, and secondly the need for exclusive nationalism. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. I very much appreciate his logical approach to matters. Lewis’ The Weight of Glory where all righteous earthly pleasures are enjoyed as diluted joys that will be the multiplied joys of the saints in the new earth. Not seeking to be in someone’s inner circle but being with the people you really enjoy being with. Human life is lived on a precipice of constant danger. NAS 2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. Reflections of Glory. Our life here on earth is a training ground for eternity. I think Lewis is making a very good point here, peer pressure works on people no matter what age they are. 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. This is the better road and the road must be followed deliberately. The nine addresses in Weight of Glory offer guidance, inspiration, and a compassionate apologetic for the Christian faith during a … He warns that this natural tendency can be dangerous if we live for it, that desire to be on the inside. After typing your email address click on "Subscribe" (red box below) and then check your email inbox for a link to confirm your subscription. This group can be for any purpose, the main point is the desire to belong. He states that we are never really secure in life. He indicates that there are aesthetically pleasing things within the faith. I will be reading more of C.S. Lewis wrote about this longing in Till We Have Faces also, “Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? That is what Lewis is getting at in this lecture. The easiest way to listen to podcasts on your iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, smart speaker – and even in your car. The Reflection - The fall and restoration of the image of God. Sin is inevitable. Lewis, the most important Christian writer of the 20th century, contains nine sermons delivered by Lewis during World War Two. It’s when we may be sad not to see Grandma and Grandpa for Christmas, but find hope in creating a … Because we fall short of the glory of God, because sin abounds in the world—though grace abounds the more!—it is inevitable that we humans fall into sin. He also states that if we waited until we were safe to pursue beauty we would never begin that pursuit. Christianity uses poetic language to describe concepts that are foreign to us. We are not simply radiating God’s glory so we can glow and look shiny. 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 … … This was the last sermon Lewis ever preached. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. He is particularly fond of Norse Mythology. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now”. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; —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. Verse 17. I would agree with Lewis here as I think anyone who really thinks about it would also. Lewis, this podcast seeks to highlight ways in which our every encounter leads another person toward beatitude or away from it. He talks about his own experience to show the inadequacy of the Christian faith to be merely poetic in its appeal. The question he seems to be addressing is the reluctance of the believer to fully commit himself to God. 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