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in them as we are in our meals and in our work.

And finally, we must be steadfast in the faith, in that faith once delivered to the saints, the true Catholic faith revealed by God, and ever maintained inviolate in this Church, of which it is the pillar and ground. We must hold fast this profession of our faith without wavering, rooted and grounded in love, we must be steadfast in hope if we are steadfastly to resist the devil,--steadfast in love to God, who will not suffer us to be tempted above that we are able, but will also with the temptation make a way to escape, that we may be able to bear it.

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(Diocesan Inspector of Schools, Bath and Wells.)

St, MARK X. 37.

“Grant unto us that we may sit, one on Thy right hand, and the other on Thy left hand, in Thy glory.”

It was

This is the boldest, the most ambitious request, ever made by mortal man. Yet those who made it, as it seems, hardly knew what they were asking.

à cry of faith, and hope, and love, which had not as yet learned the doctrine of the Cross. It was the utterance of a wish very common at all times among all men who have heard of the glory and the rewards of the Lord—the wish to be near him and to share in His glory, without reflecting upon the strife and the toil through which that glory must be

We all would be near Christ in the day of His glory; could we have stood with Salome by His Cross? We would reign with Christ

No. 15.


crowned ; are we ready to suffer with Jesus crucified ?

It is not to be wondered at that imperfectly taught Christians should feel and express such a wish. But it is greatly to be wondered at that disciples, who had now been with Jesus more than two years, disciples who had been admitted to closest intimacy, should make such a request; wonderful that they should not by this time have understood His many sayings concerning His suffering and death, wonderful that they should not by this time have learned lowliness and meekness from His example. So it was, however. They were thinking at this moment only of the highest places in His kingdom.

Let us to-day consider this request made by St. James, the first of the Twelve who laid down his life for his Master's sake, and by his brother St. John.

While we are thanking God for his work in the Church, let us also consider the example which he sets us. What are the great virtues in which we are to imitate him ? Are there any faults which we see him first committing and then correcting? Look at the collect. It speaks of him as one who left his father and all that he had, and without dela" was obedient unto the calling of the Lord Jesus. And it teaches us to pray for the same spirit of ready obedience and ready giving up. It is something for a man when he has lost the joy and glory of his life to. take it patiently, and to say, as Job did, “The “ Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away. “Blessed be the name of the Lord.” But these men did more. They might have held to their trade, to their homes, their quiet, pleasant life. They might have refused to obey the call. Or they might have waited a little while, until they had had time to arrange matters at home. A few days, or even a few weeks, would not have made any great difference. But with them there was no holding to their home, there was no unwillingness, no delay. They immediately left the ship and their father, and followed Him. When they had brought their ships to land they forsook all and followed Him.

There is the spirit of the Christian life in a few words ; the forsaking all that would keep us from Christ

; the following Christ, and that immediately, without delay. Oh! that there were such an heart in us, that we might all so follow Christ! Oh! that we might pray our to-day's Collect with that earnestness and resolution, that such an heart should be granted to us! For indeed we want it. We want even to be made to see and feel that such an heart is needful to the Christian. « Giv“ing up” is just that part of Christian service which men dislike. They ask whether they cannot get to Heaven without making sacrifices ? “Is it absolutely necessary to give up this pleasant

thing, to give up all, without delay? Is “it absolutely necessary to give up this little “sin?” Then they say, "The Lord loves to see “ His people happy; He gives them all things “ richly to enjoy;" and so on. Or, like Ananias and Sapphira, they give up part as all. And so we get a picture of the Christian life very different to that drawn for us by the Lord and His Apostles. We forget that we must lay aside every weight, that we must deny ourselves and take up the Cross. Let us each ask ourselves, “ What have I given “up for my Saviour ?

Saviour ? Have I ever given up one "pleasant sin ? Am I trying to conquer one bad " habit? Am I following His voice immediately “ without delay?"

And now let us go on to this wonderfully bold request of St. James and his brother.

Their Lord had often spoken to them of His

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