No matter how odd,
no matter how broken
you seem to be,
you are already embraced
by what I and other Christians have come to name
the All-Embracing Communion
of God’s Spirit in Jesus Christ,
and that embrace is already drawing you
relentlessly
to embody all-embracing communion in your life
here and now.
That’s the Gospel
(translation: “good news”).

Maybe you can’t make up your mind about what
God
or Jesus
or Spirit
have to do with any of this,
if anything.

Don’t worry about that right now.

Instead, ask yourself
if you can sense,
or at least consider,
that you are already embraced
by all-embracing communion,
however you choose to name it,
and if so,
ask yourself
how you can start
to embody
all-embracing communion
in your life
here and now.

That’s more important than what you think
about God
or about Jesus
or about Spirit.

In fact,
if you begin
to sense
and embody
all-embracing communion,
what you think
about God
or Jesus
or Spirit
or anything else
will change
in ways you can’t predict.

That,
with all the uncertainties involved,
is walking by faith.

It’s the opposite of dogmatism.

And it will turn your life upside down
again
and again.

—Fr. Charles