A Body of Broken Bones

“As long as we are on earth the love that unites us will bring us suffering by our very contact with one another. Because of this, love is the resetting of a body of broken bones…Even saints cannot live with saints on this earth without some anguish, without some pain at the differences that come between them.”
Thomas Merton

Every time we engage in “us vs. them” thinking, we do violence to the body of Christ. As surely as Pontias Pilate and the Pharisees did to the eartly body of Christ.

So if we who believe are supposed to be the Body of Christ, the Body of Christ is a “Body of Broken Bones.” As long as we are divided from one another by greed, lust, egotism, wrath, pride, or self-righteousness, this body cannot heal.

Only love that sacrifices the self can heal these broken bones.

And that love is difficult and painful, because it involves the sacrifice, vulnerability, and pain of overcoming our differences and fears. It is like the painful restting of a broken bone.

That kind of love is no namby-pamby feeling. Who feels like being vulnerable, uncomfortable, unsafe for the sake of another? No, this kind of Love is a decision you make in spite of how you feel.

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