Saturday, April 16, 2016

Image and Likeness

The awesome and even presumptuous message of divinization is supported by Genesis 1:27 where we are told that we are "created in the image and likeness of God." Many tomes of theology have been written to clarify this quote. The word "image" describes our objective DNA that marks us as creatures of God from the very beginning. It is the Holy Spirit living within us as a totally gratuitous gift from the moment of our conception. "Likeness" is our personal appropriation and gradual realization of this utterly free gift of the image of God. We all have the same objective gift, but how we subjectively say yes to it is quite different. We already have image; we choose likeness. 
(Richard Rohr, Meditation, April 15th, 2016))

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