Thomas Merton: Monk and Poet

Thursday, December 10, 2015Saturday, December 10, 2016Monday, December 10, 2018
The Collect: 

Gracious God, you called your monk Thomas Merton to proclaim your justice out of silence, and moved him in his contemplative writings to perceive and value Christ at work in the faiths of others: Keep us, like him, steadfast in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Old Testament: 
Isaiah 57:14-19

14 It shall be said,
‘Build up, build up, prepare the way,
   remove every obstruction from my people’s way.’
15 For thus says the high and lofty one
   who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
I dwell in the high and holy place,
   and also with those who are contrite and humble in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
   and to revive the heart of the contrite.
16 For I will not continually accuse,
   nor will I always be angry;
for then the spirits would grow faint before me,
   even the souls that I have made.
17 Because of their wicked covetousness I was angry;
   I struck them, I hid and was angry;
   but they kept turning back to their own ways.
18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them;
   I will lead them and repay them with comfort,
   creating for their mourners the fruit of the lips.
19 Peace, peace, to the far and the near, says the Lord;
   and I will heal them.

Psalm: 
Psalm 62

1 For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
       from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
      my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken.
3 How long will you assail me to crush me,
  all of you together, *
      as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall?
4 They seek only to bring me down from my place of honor; *
      lies are their chief delight.
5 They bless with their lips, *
      but in their hearts they curse.
6 For God alone my soul in silence waits; *
      truly, my hope is in him.
7 He alone is my rock and my salvation, *
      my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken.
8 In God is my safety and my honor; *
      God is my strong rock and my refuge.
9 Put your trust in him always, O people, *
      pour out your hearts before him, for God is our refuge.
10 Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, *
      even those of low estate cannot be trusted.
11 On the scales they are lighter than a breath, *
      all of them together.
12 Put no trust in extortion;
    in robbery take no empty pride; *
      though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it.
13 God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, *
      that power belongs to God.
14 Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, *
      for you repay everyone according to his deeds.

Epistle: 
Colossians 2:2-10

2 I want their hearts to be encouraged and united in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself,* 3in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4I am saying this so that no one may deceive you with plausible arguments. 5For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, and I rejoice to see your morale and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives* in him, 7rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe,* and not according to Christ. 9For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority.

Gospel: 
John 12:27-36

27 ‘Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—“Father, save me from this hour”? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. 28Father, glorify your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, ‘I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.’ 29The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, ‘An angel has spoken to him.’ 30Jesus answered, ‘This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. 31Now is the judgement of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. 32And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.’ 33He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die. 34The crowd answered him, ‘We have heard from the law that the Messiah remains for ever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?’ 35Jesus said to them, ‘The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. 36While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.’

After Jesus had said this, he departed and hid from them.