Fr. Rohr on being ‘fully human beings’ vs. being ‘spiritual beings’

The human journey is not about becoming spiritual beings nearly as much as becoming fully human beings, which is actually much harder. We are already spiritual beings from the moment of our conception; we just don’t know it yet. The Bible tries to let you in on the secret, by revealing God in the ordinary. That’s why so much of the text seems so mundane, practical, specific and, frankly, unspiritual! (Most Catholics stopped reading the Bible for this very reason, and many New Agers do the same.)

We have created a terrible kind of dualism between the spiritual and the so-called non-spiritual. The principle of Incarnation proclaims that matter and spirit, sacred and secular have never been separate. Jesus came to tell us that these two seemingly different worlds are and always have been one. We just couldn’t see it until God put them together in one body that we call Jesus (see Ephesians 2:11-20). And YOU are also that Body! Now you are ready to face a new year with confidence and joy.

Adapted from Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, p. 17

Starter Prayer:
And the word became flesh and dwelt among us
(John 1:14).


Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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