Each day is a small opportunity to perceive and act upon God’s realm on earth as in heaven. Each minute is an opportunity to make heaven reality. Here and now is our opportunity to transform the moment. If we can’t transform the moment, we can’t hope to transform our lives or the world. As the Shaker spiritual puts it, “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” Let it begin with me in this moment.
When we separate God’s realm from the world, Jesus is no longer incarnate. Only when we break down the imaginary divisions do we experience life in its fullness: “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
When the disunited self is united, all life becomes sacrament. The lines between God and our humanity fade. The lines between ordinary and sacred become blurred. Then everything of the flesh and of the humus earth is affirmed. At that point everything changes; nothing changes!