Contemporary society demands that we take care of ourselves, that we “advance” and “succeed” and move more and more toward self-sufficiency. The demands of prayer are that we more and more come to understand that it is impossible to be one with God and not be one with the world.
In prayer, then, God’s concerns become our concerns. Everything on the globe becomes our business. There is nothing and no one that does not concern us. We simply cannot pray and, at the same time, “mind our own business.” Instead, we find ourselves driven to do more and more to make the world what God wants the world to be. “Prayer,” as the mystic Julian of Norwich says, “ones the soul to God.”
(Reflections are provided each week by a member of the congregation.)