Monday, December 10, 2018

Merton: knowing God

Monday, December 10, 2018
    Commemoration of Thomas Merton, Monk, Spiritual Writer, 1968
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.
    —Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)
    Our knowledge of God is paradoxically a knowledge not of him as the object of our scrutiny, but of ourselves as utterly dependent on his saving and merciful knowledge of us. It is in proportion, as we are known to him that we find our real being and identity in Christ. We know him in and through ourselves in so far as his truth is the source of our being and his merciful love is the very heart of our life and existence.
    ... Thomas Merton (1915-1968), The Climate of Monastic Prayer, Spencer, Mass.: Cistercian Publications, 1973, p. 113-114 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 139:23-24; Deut. 8:16; Zech. 13:9; Ps. 100:5; 117:2; 136:1-3; Acts 17:27-28; 1 Pet. 1:7
Quiet time reflection:
    In You, Lord, I have received the fullness of life.
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