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The Uninvited Christ

Thomas Merton on the Shock of Christmas and the Meaning of No Room at the Inn

CCT Director / Editor of The Table / Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Biola University
December 31, 2015

“Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited.”

Thomas Merton, Raids on the Unspeakable

“Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all, Christ comes uninvited. But because he cannot be at home in it, because he is out of place in it, and yet he must be 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, tortured, exterminated. With those for whom there is no room, Christ is present in this world. He is mysteriously present in those for whom there seems to be nothing but the world at its worst.”

Thomas Merton, “The Time of the End Is the Time of No Room” in Raids on the Unspeakable, pages 51-52 (check it out)

HT On Being (@Beingtweets) from Krista Tippett’s interview with Martin Sheen.

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