It is threatening to realize that I am not the center of the universe. Most of the time I don’t want to think about anything that confronts and challenges my mainstream life, and so I don’t. But when I read something as radical as this, I get thinking about my journey and purpose in life. If I really want to put the idea out of my mind I wouldn’t keep reading daily posts from SSJE, Richard Rohr, or others; I wouldn’t go to church; I wouldn’t pray to let go of all my ego stuff—judgments, criticisms, addictions, desires.
Although I’m not a mainstream cause-and-effect believer, Br. Vryhof words feels like an answer to prayer. With all that’s going on in the news these days, the world doesn’t need another person thinking that he/she is the center of the universe. It just can’t work that way. The possibility of millions being annihilated makes it pretty clear that It’s not all about me. If, indeed, we are all in this together, what is our center? God? Pick your term.