UNBORN WORD of the day

“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”
January 11, 2008, 11:13 pm
Filed under: The Incarnation


Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” (Genesis 1:26)

I find this verse in the Bible very meaningful. As a teenager (as many teenagers do) I went through a period of questioning not only my faith but life itself. The road that I traveled to Christ was the realization that the human person has an intrinsic greatness within. Because of that sense of man’s greatness I never, even then, thought that abortion was right. Here are three quotes that amplify the meaning of Genesis and this greatness that God has given to each person.


“…. as if, in a special way, He drew man from the mystery of His own Being. That is understandable, because it is not a question just of Being, but of the Image. The image must “reflect”, it must, in a certain way, almost reproduce “the substance” of its Prototype. The Creator says, furthermore, “after our likeness”. It is clear that it must not be understood as a “portrait”, but as a living being, who will live a life similar to that of God.” General Audience Dec. 6, 1978, John Paul II

“But the fact that man is made in the pattern of the Son and that Christ’s image is woven into his very being has certain consequences: in the merely natural effort to be more fully himself, to be all that he should be, he collides, so to speak, with Christ, not knowing what he is in contact with, but stirred, all the same, by shadowings of that unrealized Presence.” A Rocking Horse Catholic by Caryll Houselander

“All the ages of Christ on earth must be continually manifest in men: infancy, babyhood, boyhood, adolescence, manhood; also the life in the womb, the three days dead, the risen life…”
The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander

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