24 Now I’m happy to be suffering for you. I’m completing what is missing from Christ’s sufferings with my own body. I’m doing this for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I became a servant of the church by God’s commission, which was given to me for you, in order to complete God’s word. 26 I’m completing it with a secret plan[c] that has been hidden for ages and generations but which has now been revealed to his holy people. 27 God wanted to make the glorious riches of this secret plan[d] known among the Gentiles, which is Christ living in you, the hope of glory. 28 This is what we preach as we warn and teach every person with all wisdom so that we might present each one mature in Christ.29 I work hard and struggle for this goal with his energy, which works in me powerfully.
Colossians 1:26-29, CEB
The second principle of neighborliness, according to the book An Other Kingdom, is mystery. Life and God are not issues or problems to be solved. They can never be fully understood. We’re trained to think that we need to understand as much as possible about as much as possible. We’re to do as much as possible, accomplish as much as possible. Instead, consider being drawn together in the mystery of life with God. We can simply be together as we worship or gather together for a small group or a support group or for a meal. Nothing needs to be accomplished. We can live together under the certain way of seeing that faith commits us to. In this way, we’re committed to a strange life of simply existing together and allowing faith to manifest itself in whatever mysterious ways it will. In this way, mystery isn’t about being confused, it’s about simply sitting in the present and dealing with what is around us without striving too hard to understand. When we do this, we’re free.