GREETINGS FROM FATHER JOSEPH – March 2021

St. Matthew’s family, near and far,
I share a devotional vision from the writings of Thomas Merton as he described a life changing revelation in his book, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. As we journey this Holy Lent, I pray that our time will open our eyes to the realization of the image of Jesus Christ in all we meet. I am praying that God will reveal such an image of love that our light will shine for all the world the see.
Merton writes:
“In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world, the world of renunciation and supposed holiness… This sense of liberation from an illusory difference was such a relief and such a joy to me that I almost laughed out loud… I have the immense joy of being man, a member of a race in which God Himself became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.”
Let us pray:
Almighty God, you have poured on me the new light of your incarnate Word; Grant that this light, enkindled in my heart, may shine forth in my life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God, now and forever. Amen.
Yours in Christ,
Father Joseph Kovitch

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