Thomas Merton: The Radical Message Of Christmas

Posted: December 24, 2014 in Contemplation, Discipleship, Ethics, Meditation, Merton, Society
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Thomas Merton.  Picture used with permission of the Merton Legacy Trust.

Thomas Merton. Picture used with permission of the Merton Legacy Trust.

Some timely, and beautiful words from Thomas Merton:

Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for Him at all, Christ has come uninvited. But because He cannot be at home in it, because He is out of place in it, His place is with those others for whom there is no room. His place is with those who do not belong, who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak, those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, who are tortured, bombed, and exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in the world. He is mysteriously present in those for whom there seems to be nothing but the world at its worst … With these He conceals Himself, In these He hides Himself, for whom there is no room.

May the spirit of the radical Christ, articulated so well by Merton, be with us all this Christmas and forever more.

Scott

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Comments
  1. Ingrid Clemmensen says:

    I would love to know where these words were taken from. Thank you for sharing them–powerful!

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  2. Jim Augustin says:

    We think of an inn with today’s western thinking. The word used for inn was the same one used to name “the upper room” on Holy Thursday. Joseph and Mary in his ancestral city would have stayed with family. The elders would have been in what served as the guest room = the upper room of a house of the time. Since the house was most likely filled with family, a pregnant Mary was given some privacy and a warm place in the first floor of the house where livestock were kept at night to protect them from marauders. Many homes were built adjacent to cliffs with caves.

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