Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Your life changes when your image of God changes. It is natural and likely that as we journey through life we emulate those we look up to and admire—perhaps our parents or others who have been influential in shaping who we are. As Catholics, this is certainly true of the God that we worship. We’ve all heard the expression, WWJD (What would Jesus do?). Our image of God, the way that we know Him to be, shapes who we become. Our lives flow from this image that we hold of God.
For most of us, the image we hold of God has not been stagnant; rather it has changed as we come to know him through education, aw we mature in our understanding and as a result of our experiences in life. We may see God as our loving creator, but what happens to our image when we experience pain, hurt, suffering and disappointment. What happens to our image of God when we have prayed endlessly and feel that our prayers have been ignored?
If the image of God that we hold is contradicted by circumstance and experience then, in some sense, we have the same options we do when we outgrow a pair of shoes. We can continue to use that same pair of shoes and complain that they don’t fit (Why is God so cruel?); we can toss the shoes out altogether (become an atheist or agnostic); we can find a pair of shoes that fits (Grow an image of God that reflects God’s self-revelation and validates our day to day experience).
A Catholic who chooses the third option must search the Scriptures and the Tradition of the Church to see if she/he has missed any vital information. We must seek out evidence of the goodness of God revealed in the bible and in our lives. This third option, the option of growing into the image of God takes commitment and continuous choosing to grow in our faith.
What is the image that you have of God? Has it changed over the years? Has the image of God that you started with as a child grown as you became an adult? Are you growing in a personal relationship with God? And are you prepared to share your image of God with others?
Prayers, wishes and blessings!
Rev. William Rosario