Readings from the founder of the Iona Community, a charismatic man of prayer and action who was ahead of his time. Born just before the start of the 20th century into a famous ecclesiastical dynasty, George MacLeod became increasingly aware of ‘two nations’, the rich and the poor. Awarded the Military Cross for bravery in the First World War, he moved inexorably towards socialism and pacifism during the depression years, as his theology became more mystical, cosmic and political.
Many lives were changed by George MacLeod’s spine-tingling sermons, and many more by his personal example. The extracts in this book, which can be used to inspire personal or group reflection, give a flavour of the passion and poetry of the Celtic mystic who led the rebuilding of Iona Abbey, and whose theology was worked out not in the study, but out on the street.
Invisible we see You, Christ beneath us.
With earthly eyes we see beneath us stones and dust and dross,
fit subjects for the analyst’s table.
But with the eye of faith, we know You uphold.
In You all things consist and hang together:
the very atom is light energy,
the grass is vibrant,
the rocks pulsate.
All is in flux; turn but a stone and an angel moves.
Underneath are the everlasting arms.
Unknowable we know You, Christ beneath us.
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