Hence the words of Thomas Merton, ocso: "A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. A man cannot serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire."
In this country, we are experiencing the politics of meanness in its full fury. Jesus becomes a commodity, wrapped in the American flag, used for hate. The Beloved Community is being mocked by dime-store religiosity. This is an intensely spiritual matter!
What fear must reside in so many hearts to attack, to hate, and do so openly. Armageddon is not about some grand-scale production number of Jesus' return on the clouds to damn people forever. It's now, between faces twisted in greed and hate and those open in compassion and hope.
St Francis and the Leper