Augustine For Today

December 1

“If you put the good things you do down to God and thank God for them, and yet at the same time count yourself a cut above others who are not yet doing good, and consider yourself to be completely and perfectly just because you do not commit murder or adultery or theft, or because you fast or give alms and now consider that you have thereby fulfilled all justice, and scorn those who do not do these things, and are very pleased with yourself like a healthy fellow looking at the sick – even in this case God disqualifies you. What you ought to do, you see, however much progress you are making, is not think about how much ground you have covered but about how much you still have left until you finish the journey and can enjoy yourself in your home country, being lifted up in the king of that country who for your sake humbled himself.”

Sermon 16B, 3