Week 12 Day 1
Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
Deuteronomy 4: 15 You saw no form of any kind the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore, watch yourselves very carefully, 16 so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman,
Have you ever considered the many ways in which modern Christians disobey Commandment number 2 (Exodus 20:4) We create images of Jesus, of Mary, of the cross, images of the resurrection, ascension, etc. etc. ad nauseum. Why, against the clear command do we persist in such disobedience? Even within the most conservative of Churches there is always a prominent placement of a (nearly) life size replica of Jesus’ crucifixion. Many of our songs tend to express a worshipful attitude toward this horrible means of execution. (“O’ the wonderful cross”?)
God has expressed his love for us in such a way that we should be free of the need to bow down before any idol, whether it be some “golden calf” or a statue of the virgin Mary. Remember if you will Jesus’ own words; So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. Free from the bondage to idols.
Here, we need to examine our lives and root out our idolatry and image worship, those things to which we submit with reverence and reverie. Imagine if you will what it means to be truly free to enjoy God’s love in the midst of his creation. We can then look at the beautiful and less beautiful (to our limited perceptions) with the same degree of love that Jesus has for what He has made. Not every person is a “finished product”.