“Those who say, ‘I love God,’ and hate their brothers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.” (cf 1 Jn 4:20)What does it mean then, to love God? LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF While contemplating that scripture, the Holy Spirit struck me with a profound thought. What if, to love God is to honor His creation? What if loving ourselves isn’t necessarily always liking who we are, but giving thanks for being made in His image? Regardless of the scars we have acquired from life in these here parts, each of us bears the divine image. If we can’t at least acknowledge that there is beauty within through this divine fingerprint, how can we ever see it in another? Therein lies the conundrum of the Greatest Commandment Part Deux. We have to recognize our Creator’s image within us to reveal it within another. Divine speaks to divine. If we hide that away in false humility or have buried it in self-deprecation, it makes it harder to genuinely call forth the light in others. Love begets love. You were created in great love by Love for love. Love God as you love your neighbor as yourself. Don’t believe the lies that hide the beauty of the divine image within you. Know it. Claim it. Call it forth in others.
How do you remind yourself (or others) that you (they) were made in the image of God?
Copyright 2018 Rakhi McCormick
About the Author
Rakhi is a Catholic wife and mother who works in parish communications part-time while trying to keep up with her husband, three young children, and a growing creative business. She is a convert from Hinduism and spent many years working in young adult and campus ministry. Rakhi’s blog and artwork can be found at The Pitter Patter Diaries, where her mission is to share the love of Christ with the world.