Day 40 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 40

O God, we are one with You.
You have made us one with You.
You have taught us that if we are open to one another,
You dwell in us.
Help us to preserve this openness and to fight for it with all our hearts.

Help us to realize that there can be no understanding
where there is mutual rejection.
O God, in accepting one another wholeheartedly,
fully, completely, we accept You,
and we thank You, and we adore You,
and we love You with our whole being,
because our being is in Your being,
our spirit is rooted in Your spirit.
Fill us then with love, and let us be
bound together with love as we go our diverse ways,
united in this one spirit which
makes You present in the world,
and which makes You witness to the ultimate
ultimate reality that is love.
Love has overcome.
Love is victorious.

— Thomas Merton in Essential Writings edited by Christine M. Bochen

Today: Before his death and subsequent resurrection Jesus prayed (John 17) for himself; that he and the Father would be one. He prayed for his disciples; that they would be one with him. And he prayed for all who would believe in him would be one with him and the Father. There seems to be a deep desire in God that his creation would be one with him. Consider how you might join God in this desire today. How can you be one with him through his creation, beginning with our human family.

+Ed Jansen, OSB

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