Fr. Rohr offered the following this morning in my Inbox,

All false religion proceeds in a certain sense from one illusion. When people say piously, “Thy kingdom come” out of one side of their mouth, they need also to say, “My kingdom go!” out of the other side. The kingdom of God supersedes and far surpasses all kingdoms of self and society or personal reward.

I was reminded of Bonhoeffer’s Life Together where he notes the effects of the “wish dream” on a local community. Until the “wish dream,” illusion following Fr. Rohr’s language,  suffers a shattering it inhibits relationships rather than provides vision and goals.

Advent may then be an illusion unless we are willing to see the coming of Jesus into our own lives, worlds, and reorienting our passion for our self into a passion for others.

About the Author
Husband to Patty. Daddy to Kimberly and Tommie. Grandpa Doc to Cohen, Max, Fox, and Marlee. Pastor to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reading. Photography. Golf. Colorado. Jeeping. Friend. The views and opinions expressed here are my own and should not be construed as representing the corporate views of the church I pastor.

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