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.