He Became Like Us So That We Might Become Like Him

Incarnation

To become like Christ, we must first recognize that he was God who became like us so we might become like him. He was Lord and became a servant so we might become friends. He was rich and became poor so that we could become rich. He came down so that we might be exalted.

Therefore, to become like Christ is acknowledge that in him we have first received the reality of sharing in his divine nature, the mantle of his authority, and his great riches. It is then from this exalted position in Christ we humble ourselves to lift up others. He became like us so we might become like him.

We Are Primal People

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What we make … makes us.

The things we make have a real effect of making us; from laws to malls, from social media to societal structures. The realities we as humans have made begin to mediate the ways in which we interact with and even imagine the world around us. Habits and regular practices shape and reshape our loves and our longings.

Liturgies, whether religious or secular, “shape and constitute our identities by forming our fundamental desires and our most basic attunement to the world. In short, liturgies make us certain kinds of people, and what defines us is what we love.” James K.A. Smith 

*(Smith uses the term ‘liturgy’ to mean habit-forming rituals or cultural practices.)

One of the hardest spiritual tasks is to live without prejudices.

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“One of the hardest spiritual tasks is to live without prejudices. Sometimes we aren’t even aware how deeply rooted our prejudices are. We may think that we relate to people who are different from us in colour, religion, sexual orientation, or lifestyle as equals, but in concrete circumstances our spontaneous thoughts, uncensored words, and knee-jerk reactions often reveal that our prejudices are still there.

Strangers, people different than we are, stir up fear, discomfort, suspicion, and hostility. They make us lose our sense of security just by being ‘other.’ Only when we fully claim that God loves us in an unconditional way and look at ‘those other persons’ as equally loved can we begin to discover that the great variety in being human is an expression of the immense richness of God’s heart. Then the need to prejudge people can gradually disappear.”

— Henri Nouwen, The Spiritual Life