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Destructive binary spirituality

We love binary relations in spirituality. God and me; Jesus and me; me and my self-enlightenment; me and my well being. That is where religion begins, not where it ends.

Christian spirituality is not binary but Trinitarian. It has always been about God, me and the rest of us. We have reduced it to God and me and done immense damage in return to ourselves, our neighbour and the earth.

Jesus addresses this in today’s gospel when he says: “Render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and to God what belongs to God.” Therein lies the devilish binary thinking: tell me to go to Mass every Sunday and receive Holy Communion; don’t tell me how to run my business. Let me make my haj to Mecca in peace but don’t tell me anything about violence in the name of God. Let me fast and do my pujas but my treatment of the environment is my business; I already give to charity.

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