To Dance with God

“In Him we live, and move, and have our being” - Acts 17.28

When I came back to the Church I was haunted in by the above phrase referenced in the Mass.  It appears in quotes and is followed by the phrase “as even some of your own poets have said” during the description of Paul’s address to the Athenians about the “god unknown.”  

In reading the entry in St. Benedict’s Rule for May 28, Chittister relates the following:

“How does a person seek union with God?” the seeker asked.

“The harder you seek,” the teacher said, “the more distance you create between God and you,”

“So what does one do about the distance?”

“Understand that it is not there,” said the teacher.

“Does that mean that God and I are one?” the seeker said.

“Not one. Not two.”

“How is that possible?” the seeker asked.

“The sun and its light, the ocean and the wave, the singer and the song.  Not one. Not two.”

This reminded me of entangled particles, which astronomers have discovered in are somehow influenced by each other even though they exist far apart in space.  Even Einstein knew they had to exist.

And somehow ancient philosophers and poets seemed to know it too.

I thought about it a while and the image of dancing came to me.  And for me the waltz epitomizes the dance—a maybe because of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.  You guide, I follow, and together we trace a trajectory in space and time to the rhythm of the universe, to dance with God.  

The dancer and the dance.  Not one. Not two.