Lenten Reflection

March 6, 2016

The Soul’s Objective Union with God, by Richard Rohr.

“Let us create humanity in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves” Genesis 1:26″

The Genesis story of the Judeo-Christian tradition is really quite extraordinary. It says that we were created in the very “image and likeness” of God, proceeding from free and overflowing love. This flow will be rediscovered and re-experienced by various imperfect people throughout the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. This sets us on a positive and hopeful foundation, which cannot be overstated. Yet we must also say that it never gained full traction in the life of many believers, either Jewish or Christian. Such utter gratuity was just too good to be true. Further, we could not control or manipulate this love; and anything humans cannot control, we do not engage with or enjoy. The Bible as a whole illustrates through various stories humanity’s objective unity with God, the total gratuity of that love, and unfortunately, our resistance to such an “impossibility.” Read More

Adapted from Richard Rohr, Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, (Franciscan Media: 1999), 27-30.

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