The following article is a direct quote from Fr. Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation for Tuesday, April 23, 2013.
“Everything had been moving apart into greater individuation for over 2,000 years now (for good and for ill) until this round globe we live on started filling up, and we started meeting one another on the other side—other religions, cultures, ethnicities, and worldviews. This globalization made us aware that God loves not only Catholics from Kansas (like me), but Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists as well. We are finding we all have one thing in common. What’s literally grounding all of this is that all of us are standing on the same ground and earth! She feeds us all.
The one thing we have in common apart from our religions and our cultures is that we are all breathing the same air, relying upon the same Brother Sun and walking on this same Mother Earth. That is the common collective. That gives us the power to read reality with foundational truth, beyond any
ideology. We are first and foremost and universally members of the one Earth community (Ephesians 4:4-6 surely intuited this). But we are able to do this now, like no other period of history. It’s forced upon us now because we know that if we keep following this artificial separation and over-individuation, my rights over the common good, the whole thing is over in a century or so.
I wonder about these Christians who are waiting for “the second coming of Christ,” some of them seemingly hoping we’ll actually destroy this planet so he can come earlier. I sincerely hope Christ is going to have something left to which to return—both “a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1).”
Adapted from Soul Centering through Nature: Becoming a True Human Adult by Richard Rohr