Community will grow if we let it be more natural and spontaneous, because the kingdom of heaven is like yeast. The yeast that comes to us most spontaneously is natural friendship. The grace of God is with us and we just need to let it work. But we are slow to believe this. Of course, sometimes it’s quite hard to believe that grace is with us, because there seems to be something in the system that wants to cage up the Holy Spirit. -Thomas Merton, Springs of Contemplation, (from The Merton Institute)
Today is the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Body and Blood of Christ. We are what we eat – think on that for awhile. I find it exceedingly difficult myself.
It seems that each time we come to the Table, we are giving up ourselves. Or at least we are asked to… I feel like I do it so infrequently.
That’s why I like this quote; Merton makes something clear when he brings up yeast. It must be left to do its work.
I guess I keep wanting to fiddle with things, control things. Then I read Merton’s words and I recall being at someone’s home when they were making bread. It was the first time I had seen someone make bread and I was fascinated to see that it was left alone for quite some time in order to become what it is.
We become what we eat. That’s yeast, that’s grace. That is Eucharist.
Thanks be to God.