Reflections on Faith and Community

Dear friends,

In this blog, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.

Andrew S. Odom

05/07/2019 2:15 PM

Imago Dei

05/07/2019 2:15 PM
05/07/2019 2:15 PM

“God chose you in Christ before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”
(Ephesians 1:4)

Franciscan Priest Richard Rohr recently shared this thought on his blog, “You (and every other creation of God) begin with your unique divine DNA, an inner destiny as it were, an absolute core that knows the truth about you, a true believer tucked away in the cellar of your being, an imago Dei that begs to be allowed, to be fulfilled, and to show itself.”

Imago Dei, a Latin phrase that translates into image of God. I am made in the image of God. You are made in the image of God. We are made in the image of God, our true self. If there is any foundational element on which our faith is built, this is it. The notion that we are intertwined with both human and divine realities goes all the way back to the beginning of Genesis.

On Sunday the children of the church put on their annual musical, In the Image, as the message in morning worship. As they acted out the story, it quickly reminded us all of how easily we see the image of God in the exuberance of young people. There is such an innocent quality about them, one that is as yet unstained by the world. I found myself experiencing new hope for the world.

For me, the big take away from Sunday is to remember that the imago Dei is not something reserved solely for children. It is part of the fabric that makes up each one of us. If there is anything the church is here to do, anything religion is there to accomplish, it is to help us experience our True Self, God in us and us in God. “If religion does not do this,” says Rohr, “it is junk religion.”

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