First, if you have never read Tattoos on the Heart by Father Greg Boyle (Father G) maybe you should stop reading this bloog and read that one and then come back to this. It’s life-changing.
Father G says: “The incarnation is not that we forget the eucharist is sacred - it’s that we forget it’s ordinary.”
Denise Scott Brown, the architect, says “Basically, the idea is that with everyone striving to be revolutionary, you will be most revolutionary if you try to be ordinary.”
That was not the way my thinking generally went for years. Someone recently asked me how I was doing spiritually. When I told them I was doing great spiritually because I've realized that there is no "spiritual" part of my life, I realized how much I've changed.
Our biggest danger is not that we might forget that there are sacred things in this world, it’s that we might forget that there are only sacred things.
That piece of fruit.
That feeling of the keyboard against your fingertips.
Those blades of grass swaying in the breeze.
The homeless vet with the cardboard sign.
The bored moments.
They are all sacred spaces because there are no ordinary spaces or people or actions.
That, truly, changes everything. It has changed things for me more than any other single concept or thought or idea.