We gathered in the corridor of the state high school in which I was teaching and witnessed the landing of man on the moon on a grainy black and white TV. It was a great achievement – an achievement that bears witness to the presence of God in human beings.
Thomas Merton did not live to see it having passed away in 1968. However he made an insightful observation.
“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.”
The separation wrought by Adam has been undone and the union achieved by Jesus Christ is ours and living in us. We can cross the abyss that separated us from ourselves. We do this by agreeing with Christ that we have been drawn into His life and the companionship of the trinity. What does it profit us if we are active in church-life, abundant in works of charity and operate in the gifts of the Spirit – if we are not living in what we already own: Union with God. Either very little or an impediment to the Kingdom’s advance.
Oneness with God is the achievement of God for us, the result of the enterprise of the trinity – union with God, known as the incarnation by which we are woven in to God and God into us is the new and living way of the multiplication of Jesus in the earth, through you, Bob, Mary and Jill.
There is nothing more we have to do to achieve this union. It is ours and we are in it. All we have to do is to seize the day which is to seize what is already ours. The result will be that we become alive in spirit and life, we will be open to the Spirit without limit and the gifts and the authority will be rooted in something that does not seep away of fade: The being of God.