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Fully Human, Fully Alive

For the Son of Man also came not to be served but to serve Oe
Mark 10:35-45 or 10:42-45

Sermon Topic Imaging God

Sermon Week Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 10:45


Several youngsters were sitting together in a crowded theatre, waiting for the film to begin. One young man decided to go to the refreshment counter. He bought some popcorn, but as he came back down the aisle the house lights went out and the movie began. He continued down the darkened aisle scanning the audience, looking for his seat. Back and forth he paced several times without success. Finally, in total frustration, he stopped and asked in a loud voice, "Does anybody recognize me?"

In the opening chapter of our Bible, the sacred author tells us that we are made in the image of God. Does anybody recognize us? More importantly, do we recognize ourselves in this way? Do you recognize yourself as being made in the image of God? In the creation story, the Biblical writer emphasizes this religious truth by repeating himself. Three times he tells us that we are created in the "Image of God." This is one of the most familiar phrases in all of Scripture. It is also one of the most misunderstood. The pastor of a large congregation conducted a little survey among his people on what they thought it meant. He discovered that most people have a picture of us being created somehow to look like God: little models of God; little copies of God; little likenesses of God.

This is a very serious matter for us to consider. "Made in the image and likeness of God" is a basic Biblical concept that bears heavily on the question of who we are and our whole attitude and approach to life. If we look upon ourselves as being miniature copies of God we are missing the mark, just as Adam and Eve missed the mark in the Garden Of Eden story. Whatever else the writers of the opening chapters of Genesis are trying to tell us, they are telling us that we are not God, and we are not little Gods and we are not copies of God. God is God! God is the creator and we are finite, dependent beings -- dependent on [...]

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