“How Do You Give Away God?”
Richard Rohr, a modern mystic and spiritual author and Francisan friar, frequently jokes with his audiences that God has a problem. In a sermon he once famously preached: “God’s problem in all of history has been: how do you give away God?….Most of us aren’t interested….we’re interested in other things: money and power and success and good looks and politics. We never get around to the one thing we were created for, it seems.”
Rohr posits that there’s an awkward space between humankind and God, a gap between God’s always-abundant, always-available grace and us. “We always allow God, by our own silliness and stupidity, to be distant, to be elsewhere. We always find a gap between ourselves and our neighbor, between ourselves and, really, almost everything. And therefore we feel quite lonely and isolated in this world,” he argues.
But Rohr reminds us that, even in our silliness and isolation and brokenness, there’s something inside of each of us that urges us to keep connecting, relating, and communing with others. That desire is God, the Holy Spirit, working within us. It is the Holy Spirit, Rohr asserts, that is helping us to “fill the gap of everything” and that is restoring us to God’s original intention.
After more than a year of isolation and disconnection and quarantine, we will remind ourselves this Sunday that, truly, there is no gap between God and ourselves and no gap between us and our neighbors. Come and celebrate with us the gift of the Holy Spirit, the gift of connection, the gift of relationship this Pentecost Sunday, May 23 at Military Park at 11 am. We look forward to connecting with you!
— The Very Rev. Gray Lesesne