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In His Likeness
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Have you ever stopped to think that when God created the world, he only spoke it and it was done?  Because before anything existed, He, who is the Word, existed.

John writes that “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1-5)

But, the interesting part about creation is that when God thought about creating man, he spoke about “making”. In other words, it’s not like God said the words and… BOOM…! Adam appeared. This makes us think that God “took his time to form” man. Not only did he form his body, organs, arteries, brain, eyes, hands, and feet…he wanted him to be just like Him! (Genesis 1:26) And if he wanted man to be like Him, that means that He put the desires of His heart in him…the yearning to make something beautiful and good for all of His creation.

I like to think that when Jesus came to earth to become one of us, he wanted to show us that it was possible to live in the “likeness of the Father”…without selfishness, hatred, grudges, evil, offensive behavior, robbery, vices…To live in the image and likeness of the Father.

Different but not Weird

Since childhood, Jesus demonstrated that it was possible to be different from the rest without being weird. I can picture him in the temple talking to the teachers of the law and sharing great truths, maybe not realizing the impact it would have on the world. The teachers were taken back by what they heard from this Child that hadn’t even attended rabbinical school. They were amazed by His wisdom and understanding of the Scriptures!

I like to think that Jesus was a child, an adolescent, a young adult that did the same things that other children, adolescents, and young adults did. I picture him joyfully helping his parents to get ahead in life, being a good friend, greeting his neighbors as he walked the streets of Nazareth. I ask myself if when Jesus went to the synagogue, the teachers of the law would ask him to read from the scrolls of the prophets or announce a hymn…or if they would marginalize him for not having studied in their schools…or for being a “nobody”?

It’s just that in this day and age, we, the Church, love to label people. We like to see qualities in certain people and not in others. We tend to be exclusive with people. But, I’d like to think that the gospel of Jesus Christ doesn’t belong to the Church, but rather, it belongs to the world.

Because while we argue in meetings about how we should worship, what we should or shouldn’t sing, if we can play this instrument or that, if women should wear dresses or pants, if a young person should remove tattoos he got 10 years ago and we still can’t forgive him for that…while all of this is going on inside our temples, the world is dying of hopelessness!

Let’s go back to the beginning…(and I mean it literally). Why not let God create us in His image and likeness?

Wasn’t that what our Father longed for His creation.

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