You reflect God for you are made in His image and likeness
What is man that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you crowned him with glory and honor,
subjecting all things under his feet.
What is interesting about the human being is that each one of us is made in the image and likeness of God. Think about what that means for a minute. You reflect God in some way. In the lives of great saints, that reflection was clear and strong. In others, not so much.
But whether we are aware of it or not, each one of us does reflect God in some way. While I may get discouraged because I struggle with this or that thing, this or that sin, even over and over again, I am still made in God’s image and likeness.
Perhaps the way in which we begin to realize this more and more is to think about how it is we could reflect God in a way that others would be encouraged to be in a relationship with Jesus. God gives us his word, the Bible. Do we ever take the time to share the word of God with someone else? Do we ever talk about our faith with anyone else?
Sometimes we can find ourselves afraid to share our faith. At other times, we might be afraid that sharing our faith will not be a discussion but an argument. We can be afraid that by sharing our faith it may change the way people look at us. But it is important for us to share our faith. Jesus tells us to do so in Matthew 28, and even in today’s first reading.
I will proclaim your name to my brethren, in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.
Everything begins with the Holy Spirit, however. And courage is a gift. So be sure to ask the Holy Spirit to help you to summon the grace and courage to talk about how Jesus has made a difference in your life. You’ll be glad you did.
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