I had a friend ask me, “Why can’t it be just God and me?” The answer, of course is that it can, and many people who have discovered the difficulties of being in communion or an intimate relationship of any sort would agree.
However, to bring the Kingdom in, to let Spirit reign, we’re going to have to take each other along. That means sharing and worshiping together in some way—with all its inherent risks and rewards. Jesus didn’t die on the cross so we could just glide along by ourselves. In fact, I think more of the kingdom is revealed through our efforts and even failures at relationships. In those efforts to love and serve, to forgive ourselves and others, we grow in the kind or strength and passion and even joy it took for Jesus to live out his love for the Father and for us.
Ram Das says it so well:
Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act.
Ram Das, “Being Love,” in Handbook for the Heart,
Richard Carlson, Benjamin Shield, & John Gray, editors
The Buddha summed it up this way:
The thought manifests as the word:
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings.
And Jesus said:
“Love one another as I have loved you” John 13:34
Let us all keep that goal of interconnection with everyone in our hearts despite challenges, and set it as a daily intention to be instruments of furthering community!