God is choosing us now
but we are spiritually starving
in the midst of spiritual plenty
because we guard our material nothings
and we are not adept at prayer
because of distraction and laziness.
The remedy? Vigilance and conversion of heart.
When humans form a church
we open our small individual self
to become a much larger Body
of understanding and love.
Some churches believe
salvation happens in community
when we are one with our sisters and brothers
but sometimes their idea of community is too narrow –
Those who are “spiritual but not religious”
protest against churches of any kind
out of anger/sadness/boredom or disconnection –
the feeling of having no voice or control.
Excluded by Church
they in turn exclude Church.
Also, the notion of “God’s Providence” –
“God will provide”
sounds like escapism and irresponsibility –
we, not God, should take care
of the Earth and the poor.
But this notion of Providence
was the basis of thousands of years
of spiritual meaning – that God would
get us through immense difficulties.
Many mystics find that
only through severe struggling
can they move out of introspection
from seeing to acting
but then they become sharp-eyed
spiritual and political visionaries.
Like Thomas Merton they become cosmic lovers
who include everyone – gay/Black/women/
even White/straight/men – everyone!