Sunday, February 2, 2014

At the Crossroads of Family Life

Christ Himself said "I am the Way..." 

I find it interesting that, at one point in history, God chose to intersect two humble lives living two humble paths so that, from this intersection, all mankind might find the Way.

Judging from the picture about you may be able to guess who I am referring to.

Why did God do that?  Why did God choose to come to us within the context of a family?  If you ask me I think, partly, because He had always intended to come to us wthin the context of a family - think Adam and Eve in perfect, loving harmony.  Humans were made in God's image as "male and female."  Both individually and together human beings reflect the image of God. It's that and word I want to highlight (or italicize rather...)

The family is an icon of our Trinitarian God because a family is a loving communion of persons just like God is.  "God is love" as 1 John 4:16 has it.  And how could God be love if He were not a unity of persons since love can only be where there is someone who loves AND is loved.  (The Father loves the Son Who returns that love - that love is itself the Holy Spirit.)

"Ok, stop, Matt, with your philosophizing and get to the point!"

Here's my point!  LOVE Himself entered our world at a particular POINT in history.  That POINT, that intersection in time and space was a family!  Through human hearts God makes His Way to other human hearts.

Is God allowed to be God (Love) in you?

Or is it more of a one way street right now?

How is God trying to make His Way to other people through your life right now? Concretely, what does that look like?

The reason many don't believe in God is because they don't see Him reflected through His living images.  The Saints really are the greatest "proof" of God because it becomes very difficult to deny His existence when you experience Him living  in and through another.

How's that saying go?  If being a Christian were against the law would there be enough evidence to convict you?

What evidence of God's existence does He want to produce in your life?

"If you are what you should be you would set the world on fire." - St. Catherine of Siena

A good place to start being who you really are? (i.e. God's image of love in the world.)

Your family.