During this final week leading up to Holy Week, we celebrate the life of Gregory the Illuminator (d. 332 AD). Although country borders may change and the unreached groups that the Church preaches the Gospel to may change, peoples’ hunger for God that they may not recognize as such doesn’t.
One of the readings for Gregory’s feast is Paul’s “Mars Hill” speech from Acts 17:22-31. Just like in Paul’s day, we live in an age where there is a serious spiritual hunger. God is exactly what many are seeking in their lives, even though they may not realize that it is God that they seek.
Although some of the major “world players” in the religious field are different, today, we still live in a world where all things spiritual fascinate people, from near-death experiences to shows about paranormal topics. Even when spiritual subjects aren’t totally within the realm of orthodoxy, we shouldn’t see it as something to condemn out of hand.
Instead, we should acknowledge the fact that so many people have a desire for God, regardless of how they express it. Will we help them or hinder them in their journey?