Wednesday 16 May 2018

About Today Readings

Acts 20:28-38. Psalm 67(68):29-30, 33-36. John 17:11-19.

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth—Psalm 67(68):29-30, 33-36.

So that they may have my joy made complete in themselves.

As Teilhard de Chardin once said, ‘joy is an infallible sign of the presence of God.’ When writer C.S. Lewis came to faith he was ‘surprised by joy’.

Take the monk Thomas Merton’s experience in Louisville 1958 when he felt ‘the immense joy of being.’ The joy was linked with a profound experience of connection to the incarnate Christ and through him to all the people he saw in the shopping district. He loved them all. Merton would spend the next ten years expressing that love in an active engagement with issues of racial justice, war and interfaith dialogue.

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