There is a world all around us which I fear is not recognized by many people. Indeed, I suspect so many people do not know that it exists. That world is the world of the Spirit. The book of Wisdom in the Old Testament tells us that all the wonders of this world should lead us to the wonder of God. As far as I can see, we do not reflect enough to let this process happen. Too often, material things only remind us that we dearly love to feel good. We never take the next step into the world of God.
That world is all around us. It is not on the moon. We do not have to travel to reach it. The world of the Spirit is within us and all around us. We simply have to enter into it. And we do that with prayer. It is as simple as that. We just have to sit down for a few minutes and decide to be aware of the reality around us and within us. God is in us and around us as much as He is anywhere. He is here; all we have to do is notice.
We do not have to live in one world. We can live in two. We cannot live only in the world of the Spirit. We would be running into utility poles. But there is so much to be said for spending “gobs” of time in the world of the Spirit. It is where we will find peace. It is where God will tell us who we are.
And there are people who do not know that the world of the Spirit even exists. That is why Scripture says, “Wake up.” The world of God is never further away from us than one step—of consciousness.
Fr. James O'Leary