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Thomas Merton: "The Gospel looks to a future event that is still not fulfilled - the full revelation of the Glory and the Reign of Christ. He reigns already, but his reign is not yet manifest as it will be.

"Yet this brings with it another temptation: the false news of those who have too much of a message, too clear a message - 'Lo, here is Christ, precisely here. and we are the ones who have found him for you.' They have the date and the hour of his coming, and they are themselves the main point of the news. A very important point, indeed. The Second Coming is their news.

"Such news is not to be believed. The Gospel itself is much simpler. Now is the judgment of the world..."

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