Isaiah 9:5

Brothers and Sisters,

Every one of us – all humans – have been created in the image of Almighty God.  This, I will admit, is a tough concept for us in the twenty-first century, because we usually have a more limited imagination; we think of ourselves as made in the image of our parents and appearing similar to our (biological) brothers/sisters.

With a wider imagination, we can see how the whole human family is made in the image of the Trinity.  Take, for example, my brother’s wedding:  he and my sister-in-law didn’t pay for the vast majority of their wedding.  My parents and hers paid for almost everything, save for the marriage prep elements (like the retreat).  In the dinner following the rehearsal, the fancy clothes and flowers for the Mass, and in the big party after the vows, I can see great love coming from the parents:  they love their children and provided a bountiful celebration for their nuptials.  The wedding, one might say, was made in their (that is, the parents) image; it was the love between my brother and his wife that brought all of us together that day, but it was the love of their parents that made the day happen.

Now, continue with this larger imagination and see that your knowledge, your abilities, your talents, and your skills are similarly the image of God the Father.  It is more than physical abilities also:  insofar as you are patient, kind, not jealous, not inflated, not rude, but rejoice in the Truth (cf. 1 Corinth 13:4-6), in these ways also, you “look” like Almighty God.

Further, though, while Almighty God created us as male and female, He is beyond that, true enough.  However, we must turn away from any instinct to merely refer to the Mighty One as “god” and certainly avoid relegating Him to merely “the creator, redeemer, and sanctifier.”  While these titles are true, it limits the concept of the Divine to be merely a worker – somebody Who does something.  This actually makes God into a slave belonging to us – someone who merely does what we want to be done in the way we want it done.  God is much more than that.  You, for example, are not merely your job; you’re a son/daughter, you may be a husband/wife, father/mother, brother/sister, and certainly a dear and treasured friend.

To this same end, Holy Prophet Isaiah gives us this description of the Divine:  “Upon His shoulder all dominion shall rest; He is the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:5).  Even more importantly, it is essential to Christians to call Almighty God “our Father” as it is part of the revelation of Christ the Son (see especially Matthew 6:9, Luke 11:2, and CCC 2759).

God be near,

Father Jeremy