Monday, March 9, 2009

Imago Dei

The Bible tells us “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind . . .” (Romans 12:2) What are the things that influence you the most? Is it the culture? Is it politics or economics? How are you developing in your journey on this earth? What do you imagine God is most likely to be? For many people God is someone who is stuck out in the furthest peripherals of their minds and hearts. He is a God of convenience, only to be brought out to dispense things. The secular world would like for Him to go somewhere else but even they want a safety net when things don't work out. So what constitutes the most accurate description of God? Well this should be obvious. The most accurate description of God comes from Sacred Scriptures. I am the LORD your God You shall have no other gods before Me. He desires your attention. In fact He desires to be the center of your attention. Jesus says "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?"Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? He desires to provide for you and alleviate your worries. And Jesus added "your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things."But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." However we are to be looking towards His Kingdom not the things of the world. "In My Father's house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. The is a place reserved for you. For we can obtain eternal life: "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." We cannot obtain eternal life if our hearts, minds and souls are invested in the falsehoods of our present day culture. Turn away from those things and turn to prayer, the Scriptures, meditations, the lives of the Saints, the sacraments; especially the Eucharist and Reconcilliation. This is a good time to join in the Lenten journey.

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