“As G. K. Chesterton once wrote, Your religion is not the church you belong to, but the cosmos you live inside of. Once we know that the entire physical world around us, all of creation, is both the hiding place and the revelation place for God, this world becomes home, safe, enchanted, offering grace to any who look deeply. I call that kind of deep and calm seeing “contemplation.”
The essential function of religion is to radically connect us with everything. (Re-ligio = to re-ligament or reconnect.) It is to help us see the world and ourselves in wholeness, and not just in parts.” (1)
It seems to me that while the world is shouting out, at the top of its lungs, for us to choose sides and draw our swords, God is calling us to join hearts and hands, to reconnect, to embrace the fact that we are all in this world, this cosmos that God created, together. When will we realize that we are choosing sides and drawing swords over that which is temporal, finite, and of relative value (or no value in God’s eyes)? God asks us to join hearts and hands for that which is eternal, infinite, and of divine worth (priceless). The question really is, on which of these would you rather stake your life?
That’s the question each of us must answer for ourselves, in the company of each other, those whose hearts and hands are joined together, and outstretched to all who want to join us on the journey.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Universal Christ (pp. 6-7). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.