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Made in the Image of God – A Reflection

February 6, 2020

In a world so filled with divisiveness, hatred, and fear we may be missing an essential element. Frankly it goes back to the creation story in Genesis, Chapter One. So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them… God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:27, 31 NRSV)

Sadly, since the very beginning, humankind, made in the image of God, has separated and vilified the “other” in a quest to prove the superiority of one at the expense of the other. Whether it be division according to sex, race, national origin, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, or any other categories, humankind has done a “good” (irony… tongue firmly planted in cheek) job of creating barriers or building walls of separation. I cannot even imagine how greatly it grieves the heart of the one who created each of us in the Divine Image.

In his book, Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton discusses the concept of Imago Dei. These words are at once compelling and challenging to humankind today. To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that Love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.

In the era of hyper-partisanship, hatred, ignorance, and fear we must step back and reflect on our common nature as children of God. It is the only way that humankind can survive.

May we all step back and see the Love of God and the divine imprint in each other. As Dr King once said, I have decided to stick to love… hate is too great a burden to bear. May that be our choice and our calling.

2 Comments
  1. Amen to these words: “May we all step back and see the Love of God and the divine imprint in each other. As Dr King once said, I have decided to stick to love… hate is too great a burden to bear. May that be our choice and our calling.” Thank you, Michael, for reminding us of this soul necessity. ❤️

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