Thursday, May 30, 2013

Seeing God's purpose through the Son (Colossians 1:15)

SCRIPTURE: Colossians 1:15 (TM)
We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God's original purpose in everything created.

STORY written by Gregory of Nazianzus:
He began his ministry by being hungry, yet He is the Bread of Life.
Jesus ended His earthly ministry by being thirsty, yet He is the Living Water.
Jesus was weary, yet He is our rest.
Jesus paid tribute, yet He is the King.
Jesus was accused of having a demon, yet He cast out demons.
Jesus wept, yet He wipes away our tears.
Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver, yet He redeemed the world.
Jesus was brought as a lamb to the slaughter, yet He is the Good Shepherd.
Jesus died, yet by His death He destroyed the power of death.

Each of us sees Jesus differently. We see him based on our needs, our likes, our wishes... we see him for what we need to see in him. Often our eyes are shaded by our hearts desires. In so doing we often miss him for whom he is.

We read into the Gospel our own political and social leanings and begin to re-create Jesus in the image that best suits our particular situation. Paul directs us to look at Jesus, the Son, and see the father, God, who cannot be seen, Jesus sets forth the purpose of the Almighty and in so doing he sets forth our agenda and our purpose.

If we have eyes for Jesus then we see the Holy Father and thus, our lives should be open to God’s direction and guidance. God sets our purpose and our reason for living. It is God that shapes us. It is God who molds us. It is God who breathes life into us. Our praise goes to God and we live to his glory.

Help us to give you the praise and the glory Holy Father. And help us to live our lives by your divine purpose and design. 

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