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abreadIn this morning’s gospel, when Jesus is in danger of being stoned for blasphemy (JN 10:31-42), he tells his accusers that they need not believe him but rather believe the works, so that you may realize and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father. I heard echoes of the same theme in a Friday reading from Thomas Merton’s Book of Hours this morning which speaks of integrity and truth-telling as efficacious for the healing of the world. These two “words of God” taken together will suffice for this Lenten day’s reflection. Here is what Merton says to us:

No matter what happens, I feel myself more and more closely united with those who, everywhere, devote themselves to the glory of God’s truth, to the search for divine values hidden among the poor and the outcast, to the love of that cultural heritage without which man cannot be healthy. The air of the world is foul with lies, hypocrisy, falsity, and life is short, death approaches. We must devote ourselves with generosity and integrity to the real values: there is no time for falsity and compromise. But on the other hand we do not have to be greatly successful or even well-known. It is enough for our integrity to be known to God. What we do that is pure in His sight will avail for the liberty, the enlightenment, and the salvation of His children everywhere. (The Courage for Truth, p.188)