Friday, July 03, 2015

Merton: the bells speak

Friday, July 3, 2015
    Feast of Thomas the Apostle
    [Jesus:] “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
    —Matthew 11:29-30 (NIV)
    The bells say: we have spoken for centuries from the towers of great Churches. We have spoken to the saints your fathers, in their land. We called them, as we call you, to sanctity. What is the word with which we called them?
    We did not merely say “Be good, come to church.” We did not merely say “Keep the commandments” but above all, “Christ is risen, Christ is risen!” And we said: “Come with us, God is good, salvation is not hard, His love has made it easy!” And this, our message, has always been for everyone, for those who came and for those who did not come, for our song is perfect as the Father in heaven is perfect, and we pour our charity out upon all.
    ... Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Thoughts in Solitude [1958], Macmillan, 1999, p. 62 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 11:29-30; 28:5-6; Luke 2:10; 24:6-7; Rom. 5:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may our hearts ring out with joy.
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