the image of His Own Nature… 28Jun2015

How easy it is to forget – moment to moment – that each and every one of us, female or male, old or young, beautiful or not so beautiful, fit or not so fit, strong or weak, smart or not so smart, rich or poor or in-between, tall or short, heavy or light, famous or unknown, blind, deaf, mute, disabled, deformed, disfigured or defamed… yes, each and every one of us is in the image and likeness of God. When was the last time any one of us looked at another person and asked, “Is that really what God looks like?” Try asking that while looking in the mirror.

Image and likeness is one thing but the words of Wisdom speak of the image of his own nature (emphasis added). That is quite different from just image and likeness. It means we were created with something of God in us. We resemble His very being, that which cannot be seen, His nature. When God created us in the image of his own nature, the plan was for us to be with Him, forever.

Satan is nothing but lies. When he approached Eve in the form of a serpent, he lied. He told her and Adam – yes, he was right there with her – that if they ate the forbidden fruit they would be like God (Gen. 3:5). Truth is, they were already like God. Just as each of us has part of our parents’ DNA within us, so did Adam and Eve, our first parents, have part of God’s nature.

Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;

and man became a living being (Gen. 2:7).

Adam and Eve’s sin separated them, and us, from God. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross redeemed us all from that original separation and, with His resurrection, He gave us something Adam and Eve didn’t have: the Sacraments. Through them, we can often receive Grace, participation in the life of God (CCC 1977). While we can still separate ourselves from God there is no need to remain apart. The Sacraments heal and nurture us so that we can remain in the image of His Own Nature.

Deacon Richard


One Response to “the image of His Own Nature… 28Jun2015”

  1. Deacon Antonio Sandoval

    Richard, but why leave it at the individual level. Collectively we are the Body of Christ or perhaps more accurately, we are Christ in the world, not just a collection of independent individuals made in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, our sin, that is our separation from God, is also our separation from each other in the Body of Christ. Nowadays people in the secular world think that what we do in privacy doesn’t affect anybody else. In reality we have an essential interrelationship with one another in the Body of Christ, so that everything we do truly affects the whole Body, that is, it affects everyone else.

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