In the reading from Acts this past Sunday, Paul stands in the Temple of Mars, the god of war, in Athens. Although he is standing in a pagan, presumably hostile temple, he builds a bridge to his listeners in his greatest sermon:
Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, 'To an unknown god.' What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.
Paul wants to tell his listeners of a mystery, to give them words for what had been unknown up until that point. He builds a bridge from their unknown to his known.
We live in a similar world. The people around us are deeply aware of a Love, a Mystery, that binds the world together. They don't quite have the words for it though. What they worship as unknown, we worship as known.
How can you build a bridge in your words, in your deeds, between what our neighbors grasp towards and the great love made known to us in Jesus?