01 January 2008

A Glorious Destiny to be a member of the human race!

I thought the following quote from Thomas Merton had resonances in the Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas message which you can read here. Great minds think alike, indeed.

It IS a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, and I would add that it is a wonderful adventure to be a follower of Jesus Christ. Happy New Year to all! and to all a good night! ~Peter+

...hat tip to "Inward Outward" Blog...

By Thomas Merton

It is a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, though it is a race dedicated to many absurdities and one which makes many terrible mistakes: yet, with all that, God himself gloried in becoming a member of the human race. A member of the human race! To think that such a commonplace realization should suddenly seem like news that one holds the winning ticket in a cosmic sweepstake. I have the immense joy of being a member of a race in which God 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.

Source: Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Re: Merton, what a celebration!