BE IMITATORS OF GOD
(Scripture Reflection Ephesians 5:1)
"Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children"
In the beginning God made us in his own image – his dear children. Then sin entered the world, ruining the relationship. Yet God did not give up on us. He is full of compassion and encourages us to be like him.
In today’s world which is full of selfishness, impurity, and greed, Paul calls us to renounce our pagan ways (First Reading).
We claim to worship God, but living in his ways is something else. Why do we love the ‘darkness’ (Eph 5:8) and indulge in ‘obscene, silly, and vulgar talk’ (Eph 5:4)? Instead, he asks us to ‘live as children of light’ (Eph 5:8).
This year is dedicated to God’s mercy. In the Gospel, Jesus has compassion on the severely crippled woman.
This makes the leader of the synagogue ‘indignant’ (Lk 13:14)! Are we also not indignant sometimes, perhaps when others are healed and we continue to suffer?
We want to be ‘imitators of God’ (Focus) yet we are full of envy, greed and malice. Can we listen to the psalmist today? He calls us to meditate on ‘the law of the Lord’ (Ps 1:2). There is a promise attached: We shall be ‘like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season...’ and prosper in everything we do (Ps 1:3).
Fruit: From today I will read the scriptures daily and try to be what St Paul exhorts me to be – an imitator of God.