Saturday, September 22, 2018
First And Last
It’s very rare for the spiritual to be first. When we are born, the Spirit is with us, but the effects of that Spirit only manifest themselves when we get older and Christ is made known to us through our family and Church. When born, man and woman become living beings; we are natural and earthly, for a while. In a sense we bear the images of Adam and Eve, the earthly ones – the “first” man and woman (notwithstanding the fact that both result from great biblical story-telling).
Later, perhaps many years later, we become like the second man – not in appearance of course, but by nature. The Holy Spirit’s gifts take hold and like the “last Adam,” we bear the image of Jesus – the heavenly one. Unfortunately for many that image loses focus and becomes fuzzy. The challenge is to keep it sharp and crisp.
When next we look into our mirrors, let’s introduce ourselves to the heavenly ones. Staring back at us will be images of men and women charged to be life-giving to those around us through love and compassion.
Deacon David Pierce