“God seeks Himself in us, and the aridity and sorrow of our heart is the sorrow of God who is not known in us, who cannot yet find Himself in us because we do not dare to believe or to trust the incredible truth that He could live in us, and live there out of choice, out of preference. But indeed, we exist solely for this, to be the place He has chosen for His presence, His manifestation in the world, His epiphany. But we make all this dark and inglorious because we fail to believe it, we refuse to believe it. It is not that we hate God, rather that we hate ourselves, despair of ourselves. If we once began to recognise, humbly but truly, the real value of our own self, we would see that this value was the sign of God in our being, the signature of God upon our being.” Thomas Merton
“But God showed his great love for us
by sending Christ to die for us
while we were still sinners.”
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- God desires to live in you. That’s God’s choice, God’s preference. When you consider that, what feelings arise?
- “We exist solely … to be the place He has chosen for His presence, His manifestation in the world, His epiphany.” Why would God do that?
- Do you hate yourself too much to believe that in his love, God seeks you, chooses you–and desires to live in you?
- Now imagine God loving all of God’s human creation in this way–with each person as God’s “epiphany.” How does that effect your thoughts about those who are different from you racially, in economic status or gender, in religious conviction or sexual preference–politically?
Abba, may I be transformed by a growing sense of your unfailing love for me.
For more: The Hidden Ground of Love by Thomas Merton
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This is beautiful, thank you. I love Merton…
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